UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers

    Below is a round-up of key Covid-related developments for employers over the last six weeks: The Prime Minister has just confirmed that Step 3 of the roadmap for relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions will go ahead on Monday 17 May as planned.  The Prime Minister had earlier confirmed plans to lift the ‘work-from-home’ guidance for England … Read more

    Employment Espresso Pods: Workplace Mental Wellness

    To mark Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW21, Tim Leaver is joined by Sam Brown, a partner in our Pensions team and UK Regional Head of Employment, Pensions & Incentives for a discussion on workplace mental health and wellness, how the pandemic has impacted our wellbeing and awareness of our mental health and they share tips and … Read more

    Employment Espresso Pods: Non Competes and Big Blue Dinosaurs

    In our next episode, the team looks at non-competes; the current status of the law in this area and the proposed changes the Government is considering; what are the practical implications of these changes? Speakers Please contact any of our speakers if you would like to discuss this podcast and any of the issues discussed: Read more

    Hong Kong Monetary Authority finalises principles for mandatory reference checking scheme to address “rolling bad apples” phenomenon

    Following a three-month industry consultation period, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has released the Consultation Conclusions Paper on Implementation of Mandatory Reference Checking Scheme to Address the “Rolling Bad Apples” Phenomenon (Consultation Conclusions) dated 3 May 2021. Through the mandatory reference checking scheme (MRC Scheme), the HKMA will establish a common protocol for reference … Read more

    Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update April 2021

    This month the Asia EPI bulletin starts with a look at a new case in Singapore in which an employee was awarded SGD $1.4million in damages for unlawful dismissal. A timely reminder to ensure that employers follow due process when terminating employment, even in supposedly employee-friendly jurisdictions. You can read the case update here. Continuing … Read more

    Hong Kong Safety Snapshots: Mandating and Tracking Employee Vaccinations

    We have seen now different countries rolling out various COVID-19 vaccinations. Employers and employees are keen to see some sort of semblance of how things were or at least a lifting of restrictions, but with such novel vaccines there are many questions that are still unanswered. By now, many Hong Kong employers will have established … Read more

    Employment Espresso Pods: Return to work: Jabs, Tests & Psychedelic Zebras

    We are delighted to launch a new podcast series: “Employment Espresso Pods” Join Herbert Smith Freehills’ Employment team for a coffee catch up as they discuss current hot topics impacting the employment sphere. In this, first episode, the team looks at returning to work in the UK following the Covid-19 pandemic. They tackle issues including … Read more