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

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

Hong Kong: Recovering money from delinquent employees

Employers can suffer significant financial and reputational damage from the actions of their employees. While dismissal with or without notice is the most common recourse for serious misconduct or negligence, increasingly employers are looking to take stronger action by recovering their losses from employees guilty of wrongdoing. An employer did just that in a recent … Read more