Recruitment and protection of talent: a boardroom issue for pharma

Our article Recruitment and protection of talent: a boardroom issue for pharma is available on our pharma hub here. Technological advancement is key amongst the forces driving change in the pharmaceutical healthcare sectors, with businesses increasingly partnering with non-traditional players such… Read more

EU: Data Use – Protecting a critical resource

Described by some as the “new oil” for the digital economy, there is no doubt that data are now seen as critical for organisations to succeed. Data are a powerful and lucrative fuel for productivity. If not adequately protected, data… Read more

Hong Kong: Which laws apply in cross-border employment?

The Macau Judicial Base Court recently held that Macau law (not Hong Kong law) governed an employment relationship between a Hong Kong citizen and his Hong Kong based employer, notwithstanding that the employment contract clearly stated that Hong Kong law… Read more

EU developments: trade secrets and data protection

On 14 April the European Parliament voted to approve the new Trade Secrets Directive aimed at harmonising the definition and protection of trade secrets and undisclosed know-how across Europe. The Council is expected to approve the Directive this month and… Read more

EU: Compromise reached on General Data Protection Regulation

After almost four years of debate, the European Commission, Parliament and Council finally reached political agreement on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR") in December 2015. The final official text of the GDPR has yet to be released… Read more

Europe: ECJ rules that obese employees may be disabled

In a decision on 18 December 2014[1], the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recognised that obesity can, in certain circumstances, entail limitations amounting to a disability for the purposes of the European Directive 2000/78 establishing a general framework for equal treatment… Read more

Asia Pacific: Paying out of accrued annual leave

Where there has been a transfer of employment, we compare the rules in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in relation to what happens to an employee’s accrued but untaken annual leave. That comparison can be seen here. Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills Asia-Pacific Employment Law Guide 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills' global Employment, Pensions and Incentives (EPI) practice is inviting you to the launch of the 2014 edition of our Asia-Pacific Employment Law Guide. Compiled by our network of Herbert Smith Freehills employment lawyers and local counsel, the Guide… Read more