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

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update January 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: a recent case in the Singapore High Court that looks at the difference between employees and independent contractors; the proposed changes to the maternity leave entitlements in Hong Kong, including increasing leave from 10 to 14 weeks; various amendments to Vietnam’s labour code that … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update December 2019

Our final Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update for 2019 looks at: the changes to immigration policies in China, that came into effect 1 August 2019 and relax the requirements for highly-skilled foreign workers and students which had previously been in place; in Malaysia, the amendments outlined in the Industrial Relations Bill which while not … Read more

APAC: Long Term Sick Leave

Our Asia comparative article this month compares and contrasts the rules across the region in relation to long term sick leave. This month, we consider the legal obligations on employers in Japan, China and Indonesia. You can access the article here. Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions & Incentives Update

We hope our readers have had an enjoyable Easter break. As we all get back into the swing of work, our latest e-bulletin looks at some of the key developments across the region. Starting in the Philippines, we look at the move towards normalizing working from home, and the requirement to ensure the employees working … Read more

APAC: Probationary Periods

Our Asia comparative article takes a look at the legal obligations on employers considering including probationary periods in employment contracts. You can access the comparison here Read more

Compliance Check: China – changes to how employers handle personal data

The Chinese Cybersecurity Law (CSL) introduced in 2017 is the nation’s first comprehensive privacy and security regulation for cyberspace, setting out strict controls on companies operating in China over their online activities, data storage and handling of personal information. The National Standard (GB/T 35273–2017) provided detailed guidance on the collection, use and storage of personal … Read more

Compliance Check: China – Social Insurance Obligations

Under PRC law, employers are required to pay social insurance premiums for employees. The social insurance premiums cover basic endowment, medical, employment–related injury, unemployment and maternity insurance. Non-compliance with these requirements can result in administrative penalties, claims by employees and other measures taken by government authorities, and cause significant reputational damage. It was originally contemplated … Read more