Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update January 2021

    Happy New Year! Hopefully 2021 is a brighter and better one for all. Our first Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update of 2021 covers: the recent Supreme Court decision in Thailand, that found that forwarding confidential work documents to a personal email account amounted to disclosure, even though there was no evidence that the documents … Read more

    UK: short notice period undermines enforceability of covenants

    The High Court judgment in Quilter Private Client Advisers Limited v Falconer highlights the risk that a short notice period, including during a probationary period, can undermine an employer’s argument that restrictive covenants should be held enforceable on the basis they are necessary to protect confidential information or customer connections.  The judgment also provides some … Read more

    UK: EAT raises possibility of interim relief remedy for discriminatory dismissal claims

    Currently interim relief is only available where an employee alleges that the principal reason for their dismissal is whistleblowing, trade union membership or certain employee representative activities; it is not available in discrimination cases – yet. If a tribunal decides that the employee’s claim is ‘likely to succeed’ (ie, has more than just a reasonable … Read more

    DIFC Court: Whistleblowing Protections – A follow up from the Court of Appeal

    The Court of Appeal reconsiders the CFI’s power to grant damages for breach of whistleblowing protections. Last April, we reported on the judgment of the Court of First Instance (“CFI“) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) in the case of Bassam Khalifa v S.W.I.F.T (Dubai) Limited (the “CFI Decision”). The CFI Decision indicated that the CFI has the power … Read more

    Australia: Federal Court finds new whistleblower protections will not apply to detrimental conduct occurring before the commencement date of 1 July 2019

    On 1 July 2019, the amended form of Part 9.4AAA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act), which sought to provide whistleblowers with greater protection than its predecessor, came into force. These amendments also repealed the specific whistleblowing protections in the Banking Act 1959 (Cth), Insurance Act 1973 (Cth), Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cth) … Read more

    Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update December 2020

    It’s the final Asia EPI e-bulletin of the year, and what a year it has been! Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month covers: the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Singapore, which considers what amounts to confidential information and what a business must show to claim damages for a breach; the changes … Read more