Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update

Our June update covers the following developments: a recent case in Hong Kong illustrates the need to conduct prompt and thorough internal investigation – read the case summary here. many employers are struggling with employee mobility at the moment as borders remain closed or subject to tighter immigration controls. For those seeking to bring foreign … Read more

Hong Kong Safety Snapshots: protections for ill and injured workers

Like many jurisdictions, Hong Kong has various statutory measures in place to protect injured workers. It can be complex in understanding the scope of various protections and what employers can and cannot do when managing the employment of an ill or injured employee. This Safety Snapshot highlights the key protections and provides practical tips for … Read more

Hong Kong Monetary Authority finalises principles for mandatory reference checking scheme to address “rolling bad apples” phenomenon

Following a three-month industry consultation period, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has released the Consultation Conclusions Paper on Implementation of Mandatory Reference Checking Scheme to Address the “Rolling Bad Apples” Phenomenon (Consultation Conclusions) dated 3 May 2021. Through the mandatory reference checking scheme (MRC Scheme), the HKMA will establish a common protocol for reference … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update April 2021

This month the Asia EPI bulletin starts with a look at a new case in Singapore in which an employee was awarded SGD $1.4million in damages for unlawful dismissal. A timely reminder to ensure that employers follow due process when terminating employment, even in supposedly employee-friendly jurisdictions. You can read the case update here. Continuing … Read more

Hong Kong Safety Snapshots: Mandating and Tracking Employee Vaccinations

We have seen now different countries rolling out various COVID-19 vaccinations. Employers and employees are keen to see some sort of semblance of how things were or at least a lifting of restrictions, but with such novel vaccines there are many questions that are still unanswered. By now, many Hong Kong employers will have established … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update March 2021

It’s March already, and we’ve marked yet another International Women’s Day, albeit in a much more muted fashion this year. The employment landscape across Asia remains buoyant, with a number of key changes afoot. Over in India, a major overhaul of the national labour laws sees the key pieces of legislation consolidated. Of the four … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update February 2021

Our February edition of the Asia employment law e-bulletin begins with a look at changes to Vietnam’s Labour Code. The much awaited changes have now taken effect, and a Presidential Decree was issued to provide guidance on implementation. Read the Decree, and understand its implications, here. Over in the PRC, an explosion at a gold … Read more

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