Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans)

UK: HMRC and HM Treasury Publish Consultation to Extend Recent IR35 Public Sector Reforms to the Private Sector

On 18 May 2018, HMRC published a consultation document entitled “Off-payroll working in the private sector” with the aim of tackling what it perceives as high levels of non-compliance in the private sector with the existing off-payroll working regime (HMRC … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), Jurisdiction: UK, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans)

Australia: Key employment tax changes announced in the Federal Budget

Greenwoods + Herbert Smith Freehills have highlighted the above key changes employers should be aware of following the Federal Budget announcement in May 2018.

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Australia, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans)

Hong Kong: Warning on Potentially Anti-Competitive Employment Practices

The Hong Kong Competition Commission (the “Commission“) recently released an advisory bulletin indicating that it has encountered a number of situations where businesses have engaged in employment-related practices which may give rise to competition concerns. Our employment and competition teams … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans)

Asia: Using Incentives to Effectively Retain Key Employees

Effective remuneration and incentive models are crucial to ensuring that management teams and key personnel are incentivised to stay with the business and contribute to its on-going success. This is a particular concern for investors following an acquisition. There are … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans)

Japan: Differing Conditions Between Permanent and Fixed Term Employees

On 14 September 2017, the Tokyo District Court interpreted and applied the meaning of “unreasonable differences” to the benefits enjoyed by permanent and fixed term employees at Japan Post. The decision provides guidance on which benefits are exclusively available to … Continue reading

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UK: The gender pay gap deadline has passed – what next for employers?

The deadline for larger employers to publish their gender pay gap reports passed on 4 April 2018, with around 1500 employers in default. The Equality and Human Rights Commission published its finalised enforcement strategy at the end of March and … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

Australia: Employment Taxes Update – April 2018

Our colleagues at Greenwoods + Herbert Smith Freehills have published their April update on Employment Taxes. Click here to discover more.

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Australia, Redundancy, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans)

UK: EAT rules that clustering of women at low end of a pay grade was insufficient to establish indirect discrimination

The use of length of service as a criterion for pay may indirectly discriminate against women and therefore require objective justification to be lawful (particularly long pay scales are┬álikely to face more of a challenge). However the mere fact that … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Labour Department Enforcement Actions in 2017

The Legislative Council Panel on Manpower has released a report on enforcement actions taken by the Labour Department during 2017 (Paper) which shows an increase in the number of convictions for breaches of the Employment Ordinance (EO) and other labour … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks)

UK: Gender pay gap reporting – EHRC threatens enforcement action for non-compliance

The 4th April 2018 deadline for publication of employers’ first year of gender pay gap data is looming, yet over 90% of employers covered by the new statutory duty have still not reported. Many may have deliberately chosen to publish … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)