Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update May 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the new measures in South Korea introducing paid emergency childcare leave to ease the burden on working parents; the Employment Adjustment Subsidy in Japan, intended to try and prevent employers from resorting to immediate redundancies; in Thailand, the new data protection rules and how … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (24 April 2020)

This week saw the applications for the Federal Government’s JobKeeper scheme officially open. To apply, or to access more information on the JobKeeper scheme, please follow the link or visit the ATO website. Some other key developments in the employment space this week are outlined below. A reminder that at any time you can visit … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (17 April 2020)

As anticipated, the main focus of the Employment sector this week has been on the newly introduced JobKeeper scheme. Although there is still more information to be released, the JobKeeper rules have been re-released and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has published more formal and comprehensive guidance about the steps that employers must take to … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update April 2020

We hope our readers are staying well through this difficult period and adjusting to the new work from home arrangements. Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: what constitutes redundancy in New Zealand, the decision in National Legal Service Authority vs Union of India and what it means for transgender employees in … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (9 April 2020)

This week has been characterised by a number of significant and unprecedented changes in the employment landscape. Over the next couple of weeks, the main one that we expect many businesses will be grappling with is the JobKeeper legislation that passed through Parliament last night and received royal assent today. Although the rules supporting the … Read more

UK: 4 April updates to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance

On 4 April HMRC added to their guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  The additional text does clarify a few of the questions as to how HMRC intend the scheme to operate, although inevitably some remain.  The main changes are: in what appears now to be a condition of accessing the scheme, the guidance … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (3 April 2020)

In this summary, we bring you our most recent insights for the week on immediate and evolving employment issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, Drew Pearson, Partner in our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team, explores the JobKeeper Payment announcement and the latest employment implications in our COVID-19 Webinar series. We have also … Read more