COVID HEALTH PASS: A REVIEW ACROSS 33 JURISDICTIONS

There are many different rules and regulations governing how employees return to the physical workplace, following the upheaval of Covid-19, and how to ensure the health and safety of workforces. Do employees need to provide proof of a double vaccination, a negative test, or recent recovery from COVID-19?  The law is rapidly changing and varies … Read more

Asia: Employment, Pensions & Incentives Guide Launch – 24th November 2021

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of the latest edition of the Asia Pacific Employment Law Guide. The Guide provides a detailed overview of the laws of 22 jurisdictions (including the newly added Brunei chapter) around the region, answering the most commonly asked questions, including those relating to minimum terms and conditions, … Read more

HONG KONG: WHO IS THE APPROPRIATE COMPARATOR IN DETERMINING UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION?

As discussed in our most recent Safety Snapshot, managing an employee’s return to work after an extended absence can be a difficult process. Without careful management, employers may breach discrimination protections afforded to employees. In a recent decision, the Court helpfully set out the guidance on how to avoid unlawful discrimination when selecting an employee … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – October 2021

Our October update covers the following: the Enforcement Decree to the Serious Accident Punishment Act (SAPA) in South Korea, which provides guidance on key obligations in the SAPA – see our summary on the obligations for business owners and managerial personnel to prevent serious industrial accidents; in the PRC the Personal Information Protection Law will … Read more

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