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

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, the European Union (“EU”) raised a yellow flag on Thailand’s illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing … Read more

South Korea: Compliance Check – Korean Labor Management Council

Certain employers operating in Korea are required to have a Labor Management Council (LMC). The purpose of the LMC is to promote harmonious relations between companies and their employees by providing a consultative body utilised by both employees and the company. We discuss the key requirements of an LMC below. Read more

APAC: Individual Liberty Under Workplace Safety Laws

Workplace health and safety laws can often be confusing and the consequences of a breach can be significant. This month our team looks at whether there are penalties and offences under workplace health and safety law which can be imposed against individuals in the event of a breach. Read more

Japan: 45 hour overtime cap proposed

On 5 June 2017, the committee deliberating on the proposal to cap overtime made a written submission to the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare proposing to cap overtime to 45 hours a month, with an annual cap of 360 overtime hours. The proposal recommends sanctions against employers who breach this rule however, it sets … Read more

Asia: Mandatory Employment Policies

HR practitioners will be aware that work rules are mandatory in certain jurisdictions in Asia once an employer reaches a specified number of employees. However, an often-overlooked area is whether employers must or should establish other types of employment-related policies in addition to such work rules. Read more

South Korea: new government announces proposals to increase support for work-life balance

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In has announced the Government's support for greater work-life balance for Korean employees, including proposals to curb Korea's notoriously long work days, broaden parental leave and ease the burden of childcare costs. Following President Moon Jae-In's election on 9 May 2017, the Korean Government has pledged to introduce a variety … 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 employees in the company or with an employee representative representing more than half the employees, … Read more