International mobility (including secondments, migrant workers, territorial jurisdiction)

UK: Supreme Court confirms the limited scope of state and diplomatic immunity from employment claims

In two judgments handed down on 18 October 2017, the Supreme Court (the “Court”) has allowed certain employment claims made by foreign nationals employed as domestic workers at the embassies of foreign states and a diplomat’s residence to proceed despite … Continue reading

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UK: Brexit – UK government gives assurances to EU citizens in the UK

The rights of EU citizens currently in the UK were the subject of considerable focus last week, in light of concerns as to whether the Home Office will be able to handle applications from the estimated three million EU citizens … Continue reading

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UK: New Resources

New presidential guidance has been issued in relation to how employment tribunals should calculate pensions loss and awards for injury to feelings in discrimination cases, available here. There are three bands for injury to feelings, with a usual minimum of … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Immigration win for same-sex couple

In a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal held that the Immigration Department’s visa policy, insofar as it denies same-sex couples eligibility for consideration for a dependant visa, breaches the right to equality enshrined in article 25 of the Basic … Continue reading

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UK: Employees overseas – territorial scope of collective redundancy obligations

The EAT has confirmed that the obligation to consult about collective redundancies applies where the employees assigned to an establishment have a sufficiently strong connection to Great Britain and British employment law; it is not the connection of the establishment … Continue reading

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UK: Employees overseas – need for caution in using standard employment contracts

The fact that an employee working overseas is on an employment contract governed by English law is a relevant factor in determining whether he can bring an unfair dismissal claim in England, even if it was simply a standard contract … Continue reading

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UK: Queen’s Speech and Brexit developments

The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 set out the government’s programme for the next two years and was inevitably dominated by Brexit-related legislation. The principal bill will be the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, subsequently published on 13 July 2017, … Continue reading

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Brexit and EU citizens’ rights – UK proposals and action points for employers

The UK Government has published its proposals for safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK post Brexit (link).  Settling the future of citizens exercising their right of free movement and providing legal certainty for EU citizens in … Continue reading

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Myanmar: New investment law

The Myanmar legislature enacted the Myanmar Investment Law (the "MIL") late last year. The MIL repealed the 2012 Foreign Investment Law (the "FIL"). In relation to the MIL, the Myanmar Ministry of Planning and Finance has drafted the Myanmar Investment … Continue reading

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Singapore: Illegal workers – High Court holds employer liable for injuries to illegal worker

In Md Shohel Md Khobir Uddin v Chen Yongbiao and another [2017] SGHC 109, the Singapore High Court (SGHC) awarded an individual working illegally 80% of the damages claimed for personal injuries suffered as a result of an employers' negligence. … Continue reading

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