Australia: Labour Hire Licensing Update – July 2020

Further to our previous updates, there have been two updates to the ACT and SA labour hire licensing (LHL) legislation that have passed Parliament recently, but have not yet commenced. The SA Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 (the SA Act) which introduces significant changes to the LHL scheme in SA. … Read more

UK Covid-19: recent developments on CJRS, SSP, and safe workplaces

CJRS developments HMRC updated its guidance on the amended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 1 July 2020.  Two changes to note are: Employees should not be placed on furlough for a period simply because they are on holiday for that period – an employer may not place an employee on furlough in order to fund … Read more

Hong Kong: ESG reporting on safety and labour matters from 1 July

Late last year, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange issued its consultation conclusions on proposals to enhance the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting Guide and related Listing Rules. Significant changes in relation to disclosure of an organisation’s safety and labour practices will be in force for firms with a reporting period commencing on or after 1 July … Read more

Australia: High income threshold now $153,600

From 1 July 2020, the high income threshold will be increased to $153,600. This amount is significant for 3 reasons: Unfair dismissal eligibility: Employees may have access to unfair dismissal if their annual rate of earnings is less than the high income threshold. Unfair dismissal compensation cap: Half the amount of the high income threshold … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update June 2020

As workplaces are slowly beginning to re-open, new challenges arise for employment law and HR teams. Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the various measures introduced by the Department of Labour and Employment measures introduced in the Philippines, to preserve employment during the Covid-19 pandemic the conflicting views around whether the … Read more

Hong Kong: Updates On Wages Subsidy

June has been a busy month for employment updates in Hong Kong. Long awaited amendments to Hong Kong’s discrimination have taken effect from 19 June, with changes to maternity leave expected to pass soon. Measures to ensure ORSO schemes are genuinely employment-based will kick in on 26 June 2020. Finally, the applications for the first … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 –This week in Employment (19 June 2020)

As restrictions continue to ease, this week has seen the Fair Work Commission hand down a number of Covid-19 related decisions, while the Federal Government continues to debate and pass legislation aimed at easing the social and economic impact of Covid-19. More information on the various developments in the employment space this week are outlined … Read more