Australia: Victoria – Labour Hire Licensing Scheme introduced

Following an inquiry into work arrangements in the labour hire industry, the Victorian Government has recently introduced the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Bill). The Bill establishes a licensing scheme for labour hire providers and creates civil and criminal offences… Read more

Australia: Whistleblower protection regime

On 7 December 2017, the Australian Government took a further step towards whistleblower reform by introducing the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017 into the Senate (‘Whistleblower Bill’). The Whistleblower Bill seeks to consolidate whistleblower protections in the… Read more

Australia: Safety due diligence: one size cannot fit all

With a heightened awareness of officers' WHS due diligence obligations, there is a risk the lines between governance at the board level and management at the executive level are blurred - which is potentially bad for safety. Steve Bell and… Read more

China: Worker status – Contractors or employees?

In China, it is common for companies to engage independent contractors rather than employees when seeking to limit costs and liability. This approach has become particularly popular in certain service based industries such as hospitality, IT and consumer products sales.… Read more

Indonesia: Minimum wage – compliance check

On 16 November 2017, the recently elected Governor of Jakarta stipulated the new provincial minimum wage of DKI Jakarta for 2018 in the amount of IDR 3,648,035.82 (or equivalent to approximately USD 270) through Governor Regulation No. 182 of 2017… Read more

Hong Kong: When can an employer dismiss summarily?

Employers have a range of options at their disposal for dealing with disciplinary matters, from informal verbal warnings through to summary dismissal (i.e. dismissal without notice or payment in lieu). Summary dismissal is not something which should be taken lightly,… Read more

APAC: Workplace Harassment

The daily allegations of harassment in the press and social media campaigns highlighting the prevalence of harassment around the world should prompt business leaders and HR teams to ensure that they understand their obligations and review whether their internal processes… Read more

Hong Kong: Who owns employees’ work product?

The law recognises that employees may create valuable intellectual property during their employment, ownership of which should ordinarily rest with their employer. The recent case of Acron International Technology Ltd v Chan Yiu Wai [2017] 3 HKLRD 799 demonstrates how… Read more