Terms of employment contracts

Australia: Employment class actions threaten to disrupt employers and unions alike

Over the past decade at least, many businesses have become alert to the burgeoning trend of class action law suits in Australia. Class actions, for example, have been commonly used to litigate shareholder actions and product liability claims. But until recently, … Continue reading

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Asia: comparative table on LGBTI benefits

In our comparative table here, we consider whether employers may offer benefits to LGBTI employees and their spouses/partners in Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

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Cambodia: Compliance Check – Mandatory Seniority Payments

Employees on undetermined duration contracts in Cambodia have previously been entitled to indemnity for dismissal payments upon termination by an employer (save in cases of serious misconduct). With effect from 1 January 2019, the indemnity will be replaced by a … Continue reading

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Japan: Increased Protection for Fixed Term Employees

In an earlier bulletin, we looked at a landmark Tokyo District Court decision that clarified the circumstances under which benefits given to permanent employees but not to fixed term employees could amount to “unreasonable differences” in labour conditions, which are … Continue reading

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UK: Supreme Court confirms employers do not owe duty of care to employees in relation to conduct of the litigation

The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal ruling (discussed here) and held that, where an employer is sued on the basis that it is vicariously liable for the acts of its employees, it does not owe those employees … Continue reading

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Australia: What employers need to know about upcoming changes to long service leave in Victoria

Victoria introduces new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Act) In our previous post here, we discussed the proposed changes to existing long service leave entitlements for Victorian employees. Since then, minor amendments to the Bill were introduced and on 8 … Continue reading

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UK: Unilateral variation to terms may not be effective even where employees continue to work without expressly reserving their position

Employers wishing to change terms of employment should bear in mind that imposing a change unilaterally may not be effective even if the change is of immediate practical effect and the employee continues to work without expressly stating that this … Continue reading

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Australia: Petroleum and gas industry faces changes

In anticipation of amendments to the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Qld) (Act), companies covered by the Act should begin turning their minds to current appointments and potential changes they may wish to implement, particularly taking into … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Compliance check – New standard contract template

On 28 August 2017, Myanmar’s Ministry of Labour announced a new version of the Standard Employment Contract (SEC) template that must be used when registering employment agreements with local labour offices. Is your company compliant?

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Japan: Conversion of fixed term employees to permanent employment

In a recent article published by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Ministry has clarified its position regarding the entitlement of dispatched workers who are employed on a fixed term basis to be converted to permanent employment upon … Continue reading

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