Thailand: Respecting Workers’ Rights

Human rights continue to keep the pressure on Thailand's fishing industry, as forced labour and exploitation claims get increasing exposure. Human rights groups continue to report of coercive labour practices in Thailand, in particular, in the fishing industry. In 2015,… Read more

South Korea: Compliance Check- Working Hours

The National Assembly has approved amendments to the Labour Standards Act to reduce the total working hours over a 7 day period from 68 hours to 52 hours. This change further demonstrates the government's crackdown on long working hours, and… Read more

UK: working time rights and injury to feelings awards

Two recent cases have established that tribunals cannot award compensation for injury to feelings where a worker is prevented from exercising his working time rights, but can do so where he claims detriment for refusal to comply with an instruction… Read more

Hong Kong: Labour Department Enforcement Actions in 2017

The Legislative Council Panel on Manpower has released a report on enforcement actions taken by the Labour Department during 2017 (Paper) which shows an increase in the number of convictions for breaches of the Employment Ordinance (EO) and other labour… Read more

Taiwan: Further Changes to the Labor Standards Act

Prompted by criticisms from both employers and employees to its amendments to the Labor Standards Act (the "Act") in December 2016 (the "first amendments"), the Taiwanese Government proposed further revisions to the Act (the "further amendments"), less than a year… Read more

France: The Loi Travail – Introduction

One of Emmanuel Macron's key campaign promises was the reform of laws relating to employees partly, in order to help French companies respond in a more flexible manner to the challenges they are facing to become more competitive in the… Read more

Singapore: Focus on fixed-term employees

On 31 July 2017 the Tripartite Alliance issued the Tripartite Standard on Employment of Term Contract Employees (First Standard), (Tripartite Standards). The Tripartite Standards are the first of five new standards seek to encourage fair and progressive labour practices in… Read more

Japan: Combatting the overtime culture

Currently, employers are in principle prohibited from causing employees to work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Subject to a Labour Management Agreement being entered into with a union consisting of more than half the… Read more

Indonesia: Religious Holidays Allowance

Last year the Ministry of Manpower issued an important regulation regarding religious holiday allowances, in the form of Minister of Manpower Regulation No. 6 of 2016 (Regulation 6/2016). Regulation 6/2016 revoked and replaced the previous regulation governing the issue, which… Read more

China: Labour authorities tighten enforcement activities

The Chinese government recently issued three sets of measures to strengthen labour law enforcement in China. These measures are aimed at cracking down on material violations of labour laws and regulations and improving compliance by employers. Companies need to pay… Read more

UK: Supreme Court refuses to hear statutory holiday pay case

The Supreme Court yesterday refused British Gas permission to appeal the Court of Appeal ruling that statutory holiday pay must include results-based commission (Lock v British Gas Trading). This provides employers with final confirmation that the calculation of pay for… Read more