HONG KONG: ARE PAID NON-COMPETE PERIODS WORTH THE EXPENSE?

In a recent decision of the Hong Kong High Court, a six month non-compete restriction was upheld against an employee. One way that this decision differs from other recent cases, was that the employee was entitled to receive his usual salary for the entire non-compete period. In considering the balance of convenience, not only did … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – September 2021

Our September update covers the following: upcoming changes in Singapore, including workplace discrimination and the requirement to notify the Ministry of Manpower of any retrenchments (a change from the previous requirement to notify after 5 employees had been made redundant in a six month period) – see here changes to the PRC social security regime for … Read more

REMOTE/CONTROLLED = THE NEW TRUST EQUATION: THE FUTURE OF WORK REPORT 2021

Radical upheavals in working life are taking hold at a global level as remote and hybrid working leave lasting changes across industries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, employers are more inclined to advocate about geopolitical and social issues, use technology to manage and monitor the new ways of working, and adopt … Read more

HONG KONG SAFETY SNAPSHOTS: MANAGING AN EMPLOYEE’S RETURN TO WORK

As discussed in a previous Snapshot, when employees are absent from work due to injury or illness, it can also significantly impact business operations. Following an employee’s prolonged absence, the next challenge is to ensure a successful transition back to work. This Safety Snapshot highlights the key considerations for employers in balancing their legal duties, … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – August 2021

Our August update focuses on health and safety obligations across Greater China: in the wake of another high profile sexual harassment in the workplace allegation, what are employers’ obligations in relation to preventing sexual harassment in the PRC?  An overview, including the new Shenzhen Sexual Harassment Behaviour Guide, is available here. employee mental health and … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update June 2021

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

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – May 2021

This month our update covers: the PRC’s new regulations for Financial Holding Companies, and the need to exercise control over the appointment and management of directors, supervisors and senior managers – here. Our Hong Kong update considers the safety landscape and in particular the protections afforded to ill and injured workers. India’s labour reforms: the … Read more