Hong Kong: Unpaid internship or illegal work?

Unpaid internships are often seen as a way of providing valuable industry experience to students. However, there has been an increasing global focus on whether such arrangements also enable the exploitation of individuals to perform unpaid work. In Hong Kong,… Read more

UK: rulings on worker status in gig economy

The Court of Appeal has upheld the EAT's ruling in Uber BV v Aslam that Uber drivers were workers on the basis that the written documentation seeking to establish them as independent contractors did not reflect reality; the drivers were… Read more

Australia: The federal Modern Slavery Bill becomes law

The Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill) was passed into law on 29 November 2018. It is expected to commence in January 2019. The Bill creates an ongoing obligation for ‘Reporting Entities’ to file a modern slavery statement (Statement) - being a… Read more

Australia: Overview of Labour Hire Licensing in Australia

There have been a number of recent developments to licensing schemes in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. Most notably, the South Australian government has recently announced it intends to repeal the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (SA) and is no… Read more

Australia: Modern slavery legislation introduced into NSW

New South Wales has become the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce specific modern slavery legislation. The NSW Modern Slavery Act (NSW Act) is distinct from the proposed federal Act, which is expected to be tabled for debate in the federal… Read more

Australia: The latest in labour hire licensing laws

We have compiled a quick update regarding the progress of labour hire licensing laws: Victoria The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Vic) (Bill) was debated in Victoria’s upper house on Friday (see Hansard here). Some clauses of the Bill were agreed… Read more

Philippines: Crack Down on Contracting

The Philippines Government has been stepping up its efforts to crack down "labor-contracting" to protect workers' rights, as evidenced by the increase in its monitoring and enforcement actions. It is necessary for companies to ensure that service contractors and sub-contractors… Read more

Australia: Victoria – Labour Hire Licensing Scheme introduced

Following an inquiry into work arrangements in the labour hire industry, the Victorian Government has recently introduced the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Bill). The Bill establishes a licensing scheme for labour hire providers and creates civil and criminal offences… Read more

China: Worker status – Contractors or employees?

In China, it is common for companies to engage independent contractors rather than employees when seeking to limit costs and liability. This approach has become particularly popular in certain service based industries such as hospitality, IT and consumer products sales.… Read more