UK: updates to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance; webinar 7 April

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

COVID-19: People – key issues for UK employers

All employers will clearly be concerned about the impact on their staff and business of the COVID-19 outbreak.  In addition to ensuring employees have a safe place to work, employers will need to facilitate remote working where possible and devise plans to deal with possible resourcing and supply chain issues, including considering the implications of … Read more

Australia: Employment related implications of coronavirus (COVID-19) planning

Employers are making decisions about adapting the way their workforces operate in the context of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. These are plainly circumstances without parallel or precedent, and so many businesses are relying on fundamental principles of risk management and business continuity planning, and attempting to apply them in this rapidly developing situation. The purpose … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update February 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the initial public holiday changes and subsequent extensions issued by various provinces in China, following the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus; an overview of changes to various employment legislation in South Korea, including changes to the Equal Employment Opportunity and Work-Family Balance Assistance Act, the … Read more

Australia: Safety Update – COVID-19

Following the outbreak of novel coronavirus, we recommend that businesses take steps to ensure that they manage associated risks to the health and safety of workers, both at home and abroad. Workplace Health and Safety laws in Australia generally require that persons conducting a business or undertaking (‘PCBUs’) eliminate, or if that’s not reasonably practicable, … Read more

Australia: Industrial Manslaughter and major change to statutory appointments for mining in Queensland

The Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (Bill) was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 4 February 2020 . The policy objective of the Bill relates to the Queensland Government’s priority to strengthen the safety culture in the resources sector through the introduction of industrial manslaughter offence provisions and requiring that persons … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update October 2019

The October monthly update looks at: in Singapore, the upcoming changes to compensation limit increases in the Work Injury Compensation Act; a recent regulation that widens the number of available positions that expatriate workers can hold in Indonesia; a Hong Kong District Court decision that considered whether conduct justifying summary dismissal can act as a … Read more