HONG KONG SAFETY SNAPSHOTS: MANAGING AN EMPLOYEE’S RETURN TO WORK

    As discussed in a previous Snapshot, when employees are absent from work due to injury or illness, it can also significantly impact business operations. Following an employee’s prolonged absence, the next challenge is to ensure a successful transition back to work. This Safety Snapshot highlights the key considerations for employers in balancing their legal duties, … Read more

    Great leap forward: Hong Kong Court issues first letter of request under Mainland-Hong Kong arrangement for mutual recognition of insolvency

    In another leap forward for cross-border insolvency cooperation between Hong Kong and Mainland China, the Hong Kong Court has issued its very first letter of request to a Mainland Court requesting recognition and assistance of Hong Kong liquidators under the new arrangement for mutual recognition of and assistance to insolvency proceedings introduced on 14 May … Read more

    HONG KONG SAFETY SNAPSHOTS: MANAGING EMPLOYEE MENTAL HEALTH

    For some time, we’ve seen a gradual increase in employee mental health issues in the workplace and the events of last year have accelerated this. A survey conducted by the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong together with Tung Wah College released in June 2021 found that over 60% of Hong Kong employees interviewed, suffered … Read more

    Hong Kong Court of Appeal embraces modern test for penalty clauses following UK Supreme Court in Cavendish when considering employer’s right to enforce termination notice provision

    In a notable judgment (Law Ting Pong Secondary School v Chen Wai Wah [2021] CA 873), the Hong Kong Court of Appeal (CA) has adopted the modern approach to penalty clauses handed down in the UK Supreme Court in Cavendish Square Holding BV v Talal El Makdessi [2016] AC 1172. The recent appellate decision has … Read more

    Rules of Online Litigation of the People’s Court of China launched

    The Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC) has recently released Rules of Online Litigation of the People’s Court of China (Rules). The Rules are judicial interpretations formulated by the SPC binding on courts in Mainland China and will come into effect on 1 August 2021. Background As the digital economy in China continues to grow, … Read more

    HR INVESTIGATION INSIGHTS: SUSPENSION OR ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE?

    Where there is an ongoing investigation into the alleged misconduct of an employee, the employer wish to suspend an employee’s duties until the investigation is concluded. In Lengler Werner v Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1333, the Court of First Instance (CFI) clarified the scope of an employer’s right under the Employment Ordinance … Read more

    Singapore extends third-party funding framework to SICC proceedings and domestic arbitrations

    From 28 June 2021, Singapore will permit third-party funding of proceedings in the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), domestic arbitration proceedings and related mediation proceedings. Before this, Singapore permitted third-party funding for international arbitration proceedings and related court and mediation proceedings only (as reported in our blog post of January 2017). In making these changes, … Read more