Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update December 2019

Our final Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update for 2019 looks at: the changes to immigration policies in China, that came into effect 1 August 2019 and relax the requirements for highly-skilled foreign workers and students which had previously been in place; in Malaysia, the amendments outlined in the Industrial Relations Bill which while not … Read more

UK: Supreme Court extends whistleblowing protection to non-workers and highlights potential to challenge ‘status’ requirements for other rights

The Supreme Court has ruled that UK whistleblowing laws must be read as providing protection against detriment to whistleblowers who do not satisfy the express requirement to be a ‘worker’, in this case judicial office-holders, in order to comply with the European Convention of Human Rights. Article 14 of that Convention makes it unlawful to … Read more

Middle East: The new DIFC Employment Law – 16 key changes

As we recently reported here, the new DIFC Employment Law (Employment Law, DIFC Law No. 2 of 2019) was enacted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, on 30 May 2019. The new law will come into effect … Read more

Australia: Podcast on proposed whistleblower legislation reforms

As part of HSF’s series on the employment and industrial relations reforms leading up to the Australian Federal Election, our latest podcast focuses on the proposed reforms to whistleblower legislation and how similar laws have operated in the US, including the impact they have had upon business. It’s essential listening to assist understanding of the … Read more

UK: allegation of defamation can be protected whistleblowing disclosure

The EAT in Ibrahim v HCA International has confirmed that an employee’s disclosure complaining of false rumours circulating about him was an allegation of failure to comply with a legal obligation (ie, defamation). It was therefore capable of amounting to a qualifying disclosure for the purposes of whistleblowing protection, notwithstanding the employee’s failure to use … Read more