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Hong Kong: Proposed changes to discrimination laws

On 30 November 2018, legislation was gazetted which proposes various amendments to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Family Status Discrimination Ordinance and the Race Discrimination Ordinance. The proposed amendments reflect eight of the recommendations from the Equal Opportunities … Continue reading

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UK: parliamentary committee proposes reforms to laws on sexual harassment in the workplace

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has published its report on sexual harassment at work, including the following recommendations: a mandatory duty on employers to protect workers from harassment and victimisation, supported by a statutory code of practice … Continue reading

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UK: employers should update template termination agreements in light of April tax changes and developments on NDAs

The tax treatment of payments for termination of employment has changed for terminations taking place on or after 6 April (see our earlier blog post here). The effect of the changes is to fully tax as earnings such part of … Continue reading

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India: Dismissal of Sexual Harassment Petition

Widespread allegations of sexual harassment in the press and the international “#MeToo” social media campaign have thrown the issue of sexual harassment sharply into focus. This article looks at the recent case in which the High Court of Delhi dismissed … Continue reading

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UK: employers should review sexual harassment policies and staff training

The continuing media focus on sexual harassment claims has highlighted an issue which poses a significant challenge for all employers, to ensure there is clarity over what behaviours are unacceptable and that employees both feel safe to report concerns and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Asia: Mandatory Employment Policies

HR practitioners will be aware that work rules are mandatory in certain jurisdictions in Asia once an employer reaches a specified number of employees. However, an often-overlooked area is whether employers must or should establish other types of employment-related policies … Continue reading

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Australia: Important interim order in a bullying application

A recent decision in the anti-bullying jurisdiction of the Fair Work Commission has highlighted the (potentially complicated) interaction between bullying complaints and an employer's internal investigation process. In Lynette Bayly [2017] FWC 1886, the Commission made an interim order staying an employer’s internal … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Damages for injury to feelings and exemplary damages

As a general rule, employees bringing a claim for damages against their employer will need to demonstrate that they have suffered financial loss as a result of the alleged wrongdoing. In some cases, however, an employee may also be able … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Fair and reasonable dismissals

The New Zealand Court of Appeal has ruled on the standard for employers in justifying dismissal decisions, finding it requires an overall assessment of whether the decision was fair and reasonable in the circumstances. In A Ltd v H [2016] … Continue reading

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