Authors: Fatim Jumabhoy, Partner, Singapore, Rebecca Lim, Associate, Singapore, Tess Lumsdaine, Senior Associate, Hong Kong

Happy New Year to all our readers! The new year has gotten off to a great start for our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives team with our teams in Singapore and Indonesia gaining a Tier 1 banding in Legal 500 for our labour & employment work. Our teams in Hong Kong, China and Japan were also acknowledged; a big thank you to all our clients for your continued support.

The first e-bulletin of the new year kicks off with a look at the changes to the labour code in Vietnam. You can read about the new disciplinary process requirements, severance calculation and labour contract changes here. Over in Hong Kong we take a look at the blurred line between unpaid internships and illegal work. Make sure your company is on the right side of the divide here. In Malaysia reform continues to sweep through the nation, this time focusing on the Industrial Relations Act. Read about how proposed changes to the unfair dismissal claims, discrimination laws and appeal process might affect your business here. Our Compliance Check this month reminds businesses about the new rules for foreign workers in Indonesia. Make sure your company is compliant here. Finally, our Asia Comparative Article looks at the rules in relation to the transfer of undertakings across the region; read more about that here.

For our clients based in Tokyo, we will be hosting a seminar on the key challenges faced by employer in managing employees across Asia. If you would like to join our seminar on 31st January, please click here.

Fatim Jumabhoy
Fatim Jumabhoy
Partner, Singapore
+65 6868 9822
Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
Associate, Singapore
+65 6868 8063
Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas
Partner, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4025
Tess Lumsdaine
Tess Lumsdaine
Registered Foreign Lawyer (New South Wales), Hong Kong
+852 2101 4122


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