Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update June 2020

As workplaces are slowly beginning to re-open, new challenges arise for employment law and HR teams. Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at:

  • the various measures introduced by the Department of Labour and Employment measures introduced in the Philippines, to preserve employment during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • the conflicting views around whether the disruption caused by Covid-19 is sufficient excuse for missing the filing deadline for an unfair dismissal claim in Malaysia
  • guidance on retrenchment benefits payable to employees who are retrenched as a result of Covid-19, in Singapore
  • reducing post-pandemic economic burdens in the PRC, in our first dual-language article
  • our Compliance Check this month, which looks at the health and safety obligations in Indonesia, and
  • our Comparative Article that considers the employment obligations arising from a business transfer, comparing the positions in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia.

If you missed the webinar hosted by Fatim Jumabhoy and Drew Pearson on safe return to work in Australia, and what employers need to do to prepare for reopening, you can access the recording here. As part of Pride month, our next webinar on the 30th June will discuss LGBTQ+ protections in the workplace. For more details, please contact Nawarat Tippawang.

As always, do reach out if we can assist with your employment law issues across the region.

 

 

Fatim Jumabhoy
Fatim Jumabhoy
Partner, Singapore
+65 6868 9822
Narendra Adiyasa
Narendra Adiyasa
Partner, Jakarta
+62 21 3973 8000
Tess Lumsdaine
Tess Lumsdaine
Senior Associate, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4122
Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
Associate, Singapore
+65 6868 8063
Gillian Miao
Gillian Miao
Counsel, Mainland China
+86 21 2322 2325

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 they impact the collection of COVID-19 data;
  • this month’s Asia Comparative Article, which looks at the requirements and restrictions around the use of fixed term employment contracts in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and the PRC; and
  • our Compliance Check this month, which will help businesses ready for reopening in Singapore and sets out the Safe Management Measures that need to be implemented.

In addition, our Hong Kong team recently published an article for employers returning to work. You can access that article here.

For those of you that missed our termination of employment webinars, you can access the Thailand webinar here and the SEA (Singapore, Malaysia & Philippines) webinar here.

Finally, don’t forget our upcoming regional webinar on return to work measures, taking place on 21 May 2020. You can register for that webinar here.

 

 

 

Fatim Jumabhoy
Fatim Jumabhoy
Partner, Singapore
+65 6868 9822
Narendra Adiyasa
Narendra Adiyasa
Partner, Jakarta
+62 21 3973 8000
Tess Lumsdaine
Tess Lumsdaine
Senior Associate, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4122
Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
Associate, Singapore
+65 6868 8063
Gillian Miao
Gillian Miao
Counsel, Mainland China
+86 21 2322 2325

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update February 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at:

 

Finally, we hope to reschedule the seminar that was cancelled in Singapore on 12 February. Please contact Fatim Jumabhoy for any questions or queries.


Fatim Jumabhoy
Fatim Jumabhoy
Partner, Singapore
+65 6868 9822
Narendra Adiyasa
Narendra Adiyasa
Partner, Jakarta
+62 21 3973 8000
Tess Lumsdaine
Tess Lumsdaine
Senior Associate, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4122

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 defence to a discrimination claim;
  • our Compliance Check that reminds employers of their obligations towards HIV and AIDS-positive employees in the Philippines;
  • a comparison between the laws relating to working hours and overtime in Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Finally, a reminder to readers based in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta – we will be holding events to support the upcoming launch of the Asia Pacific Employment Law Guide in Kuala Lumpur on 6 November and Jakarta on 13 November. If you would like to attend either of these events, please contact Chrysti Claudia Luckynelly at chrysti.luckynelly@hbtlaw.com.

Fatim Jumabhoy
Fatim Jumabhoy
Partner, Singapore
+65 6868 9822
Narendra Adiyasa
Narendra Adiyasa
Partner, Jakarta
+62 21 3973 8000
Tess Lumsdaine
Tess Lumsdaine
Senior Associate, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4122
Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
Associate, Singapore
+65 6868 8063