Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update January 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: a recent case in the Singapore High Court that looks at the difference between employees and independent contractors; the proposed changes to the maternity leave entitlements in Hong Kong, including increasing leave from 10 to 14 weeks; various amendments to Vietnam’s labour code that … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update December 2019

Our final Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update for 2019 looks at: the changes to immigration policies in China, that came into effect 1 August 2019 and relax the requirements for highly-skilled foreign workers and students which had previously been in place; in Malaysia, the amendments outlined in the Industrial Relations Bill which while not … Read more

Australia: Labour Hire Licensing Update – December 2019

Further to our previous updates, there have been a number of recent developments to licensing schemes in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. Most notably: Victoria: The Victorian Labour Hire Authority has announced that where a completed application is submitted to the Authority before midnight on 31 December 2019 and there is no evidence of non-compliance, … Read more

UK: employment law news December 2019

Following last week’s election victory for the Conservatives, employers contemplating what may lie ahead for employment law may welcome indications from the Conservative manifesto that it will largely be business as usual.  Unlike Labour, the Conservatives did not announce any radical new proposals and the focus on themes raised by the Theresa May-commissioned Taylor Review … Read more

UK: recent additions to Employment Notes

Updates recently added to our Employment Notes blog include updates on important rulings on unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, legal advice privilege and publicity for tribunal claims, as well as news on NDAs, the Conservative manifesto and other developments. Please click on Read More for a full list and links to the relevant posts.  Wishing all our … Read more

The UK general election 2019 – what lies ahead for employment law?

Employment rights have been a key political battleground during both the Brexit process and the current general election campaign and, unsurprisingly, the approaches of the two main political parties are very different.  On Brexit, the Conservatives seek to reserve the right to deviate from EU employment laws while also committing to maintain high standards of … Read more

UK: first instance tribunal decision that ‘workers’ covered by TUPE

An employment tribunal has ruled that ‘workers’, ie those who are not employed or self-employed but work under a contract personally to do work, qualify for protection under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. TUPE implements the EU Acquired Rights Directive, which provides for the transfer of rights and obligations arising from … Read more