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

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

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

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update September 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month covers: the changes to labour laws in Karnataka, in India, to help ease the burden on employers and attract new investment; our Compliance Check, which considers the updated requirements for safe measures in the workplace in Singapore; an article on employer obligations in relation to sexual … Read more

Hong Kong: Recovering bonuses from employees – part 2

In a previous article we discussed circumstances where an employer may seek damages against an employee who has engaged in serious misconduct or been seriously negligent at work. In the recent case of Xu Yi Jun v GF Capital (Hong Kong) Ltd [2020] HKCA 663, the Court of Appeal considered whether it is permissible for an employer to withhold … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update August 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the recent decision of the Industrial Court in Malaysia, which considered what amounts to sexual harassment, taking into account local culture and sensitivities; the legal issues regarding employers revoking offers of employment after they have been accepted in the PRC; a new Decree issued … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update July 2020

As we hit mid year, the employment landscape across Asia has started to move away from only focussing on Covid-19 related emergency measures. Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the recent decision in Malaysia in Ahmad Zahriv AIMS Cyberjaya Sdn BHd in relation to fixed term employment contracts; the restrictions … Read more