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

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

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

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update October 2019

The October monthly update looks at: in Singapore, the upcoming changes to compensation limit increases in the Work Injury Compensation Act; a recent regulation that widens the number of available positions that expatriate workers can hold in Indonesia; a Hong Kong District Court decision that considered whether conduct justifying summary dismissal can act as a … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update September 2019

This month our update looks at: changes to the minimum wage requirements in India which starts to simplify the complex wage provisions, and guarantees minimum wage payments to all employees; in Singapore the case of Pradeepto Kumar Biswas v East India Capital Management Pte Ltd  confirms the position that employment relationships can be implied based … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update August 2019

Our update this month takes a look at the periods of how fixed term contracts are calculated in Cambodia to avoid deemed permanent employment. Read more about that here. Over in Japan, combatting power harassment continues to be an important objective for the National Diet. We consider the latest legislative changes here. India has introduced … Read more

Hong Kong: Extending employment benefits to same-sex couples

On 6 June 2019, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled that the Hong Kong Government could not deny spousal benefits to employees because they are in a same-sex marriage. The Court’s decision only applies to the provision of employee benefits to government employees, but it has increased local focus on discrimination based on … Read more

Hong Kong: Data Access Request or Pre-Action Discovery in Disguise?

Employers control the extent of information that they provide employees – from how well they are meeting KPIs, to internal discussions about grievances, remuneration and disciplinary actions. In the majority of cases, employers have no obligation to provide to employees information setting out the basis for remuneration or disciplinary outcomes including information which is part … Read more