Greater China: key employment issues for the year ahead

Two years of upheaval have brought about new ways of working and new challenges for employers. Our Greater China employment team reflects on important themes that have emerged and which will continue to shape the year ahead for employers in China. Ranging from managing employee mental health and remote working to protecting teams and trade … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – December 2021

Our December update covers the following: in India the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act 2020 will take effect on 15 January 2022 in the State of Haryana. The law will require private sector employers to reserve 75% of jobs with a monthly salary of less than INR30,000 (approx. USD$400) to local candidates – … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – November 2021

Our November update covers the following: the new Personal Information Protection Law in the PRC is discussed in our dual language update here  an overview of proposed amendments to the Employment Act in Malaysia, including maternity/paternity leave, the hiring of foreign employees and flexible work arrangements is available here  our summary of a recent Hong Kong … Read more

COVID HEALTH PASS: A REVIEW ACROSS 33 JURISDICTIONS

There are many different rules and regulations governing how employees return to the physical workplace, following the upheaval of Covid-19, and how to ensure the health and safety of workforces. Do employees need to provide proof of a double vaccination, a negative test, or recent recovery from COVID-19?  The law is rapidly changing and varies … Read more

Asia: Employment, Pensions & Incentives Guide Launch – 24th November 2021

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of the latest edition of the Asia Pacific Employment Law Guide. The Guide provides a detailed overview of the laws of 22 jurisdictions (including the newly added Brunei chapter) around the region, answering the most commonly asked questions, including those relating to minimum terms and conditions, … Read more

HONG KONG: WHO IS THE APPROPRIATE COMPARATOR IN DETERMINING UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION?

As discussed in our most recent Safety Snapshot, managing an employee’s return to work after an extended absence can be a difficult process. Without careful management, employers may breach discrimination protections afforded to employees. In a recent decision, the Court helpfully set out the guidance on how to avoid unlawful discrimination when selecting an employee … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – October 2021

Our October update covers the following: the Enforcement Decree to the Serious Accident Punishment Act (SAPA) in South Korea, which provides guidance on key obligations in the SAPA – see our summary on the obligations for business owners and managerial personnel to prevent serious industrial accidents; in the PRC the Personal Information Protection Law will … Read more

HONG KONG: ARE PAID NON-COMPETE PERIODS WORTH THE EXPENSE?

In a recent decision of the Hong Kong High Court, a six month non-compete restriction was upheld against an employee. One way that this decision differs from other recent cases, was that the employee was entitled to receive his usual salary for the entire non-compete period. In considering the balance of convenience, not only did … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – September 2021

Our September update covers the following: upcoming changes in Singapore, including workplace discrimination and the requirement to notify the Ministry of Manpower of any retrenchments (a change from the previous requirement to notify after 5 employees had been made redundant in a six month period) – see here changes to the PRC social security regime for … Read more