Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update July 2020

As we hit mid year, the employment landscape across Asia has started to move away from only focussing on Covid-19 related emergency measures. Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the recent decision in Malaysia in Ahmad Zahriv AIMS Cyberjaya Sdn BHd in relation to fixed term employment contracts; the restrictions … Read more

Hong Kong: ESG reporting on safety and labour matters from 1 July

Late last year, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange issued its consultation conclusions on proposals to enhance the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting Guide and related Listing Rules. Significant changes in relation to disclosure of an organisation’s safety and labour practices will be in force for firms with a reporting period commencing on or after 1 July … Read more

Hong Kong: Updates On Wages Subsidy

June has been a busy month for employment updates in Hong Kong. Long awaited amendments to Hong Kong’s discrimination have taken effect from 19 June, with changes to maternity leave expected to pass soon. Measures to ensure ORSO schemes are genuinely employment-based will kick in on 26 June 2020. Finally, the applications for the first … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update May 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the new measures in South Korea introducing paid emergency childcare leave to ease the burden on working parents; the Employment Adjustment Subsidy in Japan, intended to try and prevent employers from resorting to immediate redundancies; in Thailand, the new data protection rules and how … Read more

Return to work and labour cost management – a checklist

The COVID-19 crisis continues to create significant health, social and economic challenges world-wide. Impacted businesses are facing decrease in demand, financial distress as well as supply chain difficulties. In Hong Kong, many organisations are moving past their initial response phase as employees begin to return to the workplace and businesses implement cost management measures to … Read more

Hong Kong Safety Snapshots: The role of Directors

Safety compliance is under increasing scrutiny in Hong Kong. As workplace accident rates remain high, the adequacy Hong Kong’s health and safety laws is under question and greater penalties are called for. At the same time, amendments to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Guide, make certain safety disclosures mandatory for … Read more

Hong Kong Safety Snapshots: Notification Obligations Following A Workplace Accident

Responding to a workplace incident presents particular challenges to organisations as a number of complex actions must be commenced, often immediately and often simultaneously. While the health and safety of the injured person and others is the most immediate concern, organisations need to be aware of and adhere to their notification obligations. This safety snapshot … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update March 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: our live webinar that discussed the continued impact of COVID-19 across the region and some of the challenges faced by businesses and organisations; In Indonesia, the proposals outlined in the draft Omnibus Bill on Job Creation, including among other things, widespread changes to termination … Read more