It’s March already, and we’ve marked yet another International Women’s Day, albeit in a much more muted fashion this year. The employment landscape across Asia remains buoyant, with a number of key changes afoot.

Over in India, a major overhaul of the national labour laws sees the key pieces of legislation consolidated. Of the four new codes created, we focus this month on the Code on Wages. Read the update here.

Plans to keep employees working for longer have been hotly contested in the PRC but the more recent proposals are gaining moment. Keep ahead of the proposed changes here.

Our Compliance Check this month focuses on the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore which has been active of late, investigating the authenticity of educational qualifications provided by foreign employees in their work pass applications. You can read the full story, and how you can protect your business, here.

Our Asia Comparative Article this month takes a look at trade secrets and intellectual property protection for employers; compare the rules in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand here.

Covid-19 continues to pose new challenges and risks for employers. With Covid-19 vaccination programmes being rolled out across the region, we consider in this podcast how employers will need think about their broader health and safety obligations and other key employment risks relating to the pandemic.

You can access recordings and slides from all the episodes in our Investigation Series entitled ‘Conducting Investigations in Relation To Modern Slavery and Supply Chain Sustainability’ by registering here.

Fatim Jumabhoy
Fatim Jumabhoy
Partner, Singapore
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Narendra Adiyasa
Narendra Adiyasa
Partner, Jakarta
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Tess Lumsdaine
Tess Lumsdaine
Senior Consultant, Hong Kong
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Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
Associate, Singapore
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Gillian Miao
Gillian Miao
Counsel, Mainland China
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