Australia: Technology in the Workplace – Friend or Foe?

The changes that have been thrust upon employers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the speed with which employers have adapted to them, have undeniably transformed the world of work. Technology has been at the core of much of this. It seems hard to fathom now, but 18 months ago many of us … Read more

Australia: Metes and bounds: Court confirms critical nature of employment contracts and industrial instruments when assessing entitlement to redundancy pay and employees’ expectations of ongoing employment

In the Delta FM decision, the Court confirmed the central importance of the relevant terms of an employee’s contract of employment and industrial instruments in determining whether the employee had a reasonable expectation of ongoing employment, as part of assessing their entitlement to redundancy pay. We previously published an article on the decision of the … Read more

Hong Kong HR Investigation Insights: suspension or administrative leave?

Where there is an ongoing investigation into the alleged misconduct of an employee, the employer wish to suspend an employee’s duties until the investigation is concluded. In Lengler Werner v Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1333, the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) clarified the scope of an employer’s right under the Employment Ordinance … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – May 2021

This month our update covers: the PRC’s new regulations for Financial Holding Companies, and the need to exercise control over the appointment and management of directors, supervisors and senior managers – here. Our Hong Kong update considers the safety landscape and in particular the protections afforded to ill and injured workers. India’s labour reforms: the … 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

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