Employment law in Hong Kong 香港僱傭法
Employment is a central focus of our business and we advise Hong Kong clients and multinationals of all sizes on their employment law needs.
Underpinning the success of any business is its people. Meeting the competitive challenges of today’s rapidly changing world can require a radical re-think of the employer/employee relationship, and co-ordinating globally mobile talent can present significant challenges. Nurturing diversity, incentivising key staff and protecting against team defections are all essential to business success.
Our team of lawyers in Hong Kong advises both businesses headquartered in and those with operations in Hong Kong on the full range of employment law matters including:
- day-to-day HR support
- employment documentation
- separation agreements
- employment disputes in the Labour Tribunal
- restrictive covenants
- transfer of business undertakings
- employee benefits and incentives
- workplace privacy
- advising senior executives
- expatriate assignments
We also advise on multi-jurisdictional employment law projects.
You can view our latest four Hong Kong blog posts below and our full blog here.
Catherine Leung named as Head of Employment in Hong Kong04 January 2023
Lewis Silkin has today announced Catherine Leung as Head of Employment for the firm’s Hong Kong office, further strengthening its market-leading employment practice.
Enforceability of a compensation clause in Hong Kong: is it a penalty?20 July 2022
A recent case in the Hong Kong Court of First Instance has seen the court apply the Court of Appeal’s penalty clause test to a compensation clause in an employment contract.
Kathryn Weaver and Karen Baxter ranked in list of top 50 leading female employment law partners in the world by International Employment Lawyer16 June 2022
We are delighted to announce that Kathryn Weaver and Karen Baxter have been selected by International Employment Lawyer’s Women Leaders thought-leadership survey.
Abolishment of the MPF offsetting mechanism approved by Hong Kong's Legislative Council (the “LegCo”)09 June 2022
After years of extensive discussions and consultations, the Hong Kong LegCo has, on 9 June 2022, passed the Employment and Retirement Schemes Legislation (Offsetting Arrangement) (Amendment) Bill 2022 (the “Bill”) to abolish the MPF offsetting mechanism.
Hong Kong employers to brace for change10 February 2022
In this article, we will cover the government’s proposed amendments to the Employment Ordinance (“EO”) as part of its continuing efforts to fight the endemic, and the latest development on abolishing the Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) offsetting mechanism.
Lewis Silkin expands litigation offering in Hong Kong04 January 2022
Experienced employment and IP litigator Jezamine Fewins joins team.
Hong Kong court upholds summary dismissal in light of employees secret business17 December 2021
In the case of Cosme De Net Co Ltd v Lam Kin Ming  HKDC 445, the Court of First Instance upheld an employer’s decision to summarily dismiss an employee who ran a competing business in secret.
Hong Kong court confirms that a party cannot enforce a contract with a unilateral mistake which he/she knew or should have known did not reflect the other party’s intentions17 December 2021
Zhang Qiang v Cisco Systems (HK) Ltd  HKCFI 694 is a case that reminds employers of the importance of putting the right figure in a settlement agreement – especially when dealing with an uncooperative employee. In this case, although ending in the employer’s victory, a typo in the settlement agreement had led to a decade-long lawsuit.