Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update

We start with our Comparative Article this month, which compares and contrasts the rules across the region in relation to long term sick leave. More about that here. Vietnam is considering major changes to its Labour Code. Some of the key provisions are discussed here. Over in Thailand, the much anticipated data protection act now … Read more

Hong Kong: Extending employment benefits to same-sex couples

On 6 June 2019, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled that the Hong Kong Government could not deny spousal benefits to employees because they are in a same-sex marriage. The Court’s decision only applies to the provision of employee benefits to government employees, but it has increased local focus on discrimination based on … Read more

Vietnam: Improved Employee Rights Under Draft New Labour Code

In May 2019, a draft amendment to the current Vietnamese labour code (the “Draft No 2“) was submitted to the National Assembly, pending approval in November 2019. If passed, the Draft No 2 would replace the current Labour Code No 10/2012/QH13 (the “Labour Code“). Major changes proposed in the Draft No 2 are explained below. Read more

APAC: Long Term Sick Leave

Our Asia comparative article this month compares and contrasts the rules across the region in relation to long term sick leave. This month, we consider the legal obligations on employers in Japan, China and Indonesia. You can access the article here. Read more

DIFC end of service gratuity benefit to be replaced

As we recently published here, the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC“) has announced plans to replace its end of service gratuity (“ESG“) scheme with a defined contribution scheme known as the DIFC Employee Workplace Savings (“DEWS“) Trust scheme, which is set to come into force from 1 January 2020. Read more