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

Hong Kong: HR Agenda for the year of the OX

Last year was full of the unexpected. In this bulletin, our Hong Kong employment team reflects on some key themes that emerged last year and considers how these will keep Hong Kong employers busy in the year ahead. Health and safety As the global pandemic continues, worker health and safety will continue to dictate working … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update January 2021

Happy New Year! Hopefully 2021 is a brighter and better one for all. Our first Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update of 2021 covers: the recent Supreme Court decision in Thailand, that found that forwarding confidential work documents to a personal email account amounted to disclosure, even though there was no evidence that the documents … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update December 2020

It’s the final Asia EPI e-bulletin of the year, and what a year it has been! Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month covers: the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Singapore, which considers what amounts to confidential information and what a business must show to claim damages for a breach; the changes … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update November 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month covers: the updated requirements on stay permits and visitor visas in Indonesia following the easing of immigration restrictions on 1 October 2020; the grounds on which an employer can seek the dissolution of a trade union in Thailand and whether doing so amounts to an unfair … Read more

Indonesia Omnibus Law insights: Are the labour reforms really pro-employer?

On 5 October 2020, Indonesia’s Parliament passed the Omnibus Law (2020 Job Creation Law), introducing significant amendments in a range of areas, including Indonesia’s laws on investment, employment, immigration, environmental standards, business licensing and building permits. The law is now awaiting the signature of the President. If the President fails to sign the law within … Read more

Hong Kong: Executive double-hatting and deemed employment risks

Having executives work across group companies is common as it can allow operational and cost efficiencies while keeping the underlying employment relationships simple. In its recent decision in Yung Wai Tak Abraham William v Natural Daily (NZ) Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 2067, the Court of First Instance of the High Court (“CFI”) found a group List Co … Read more