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Update on Hong Kong’s Employment Support Scheme (ESS) under the Anti-Epidemic Fund: what we know so far20 April 2020
On 18 April 2020, the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council gave funding approval for the second round of the anti-epidemic fund. This HKD$137.5 billion fund is set to be spread out over a variety of industries, with one of the main aims being job retention and job creation.
Three-quarters have furloughed staff, despite warning it should be used as last option - James Davies comments for HR Review
Press10 April 2020
James Davies comments on this article by HR Review that despite warnings employers should refrain from the furlough of staff and only use it once all other options have failed, three-quarters of employers have already done so or plan to do in the future.
Catherine Leung and David Kong write for Hong Kong Lawyer: Hong Kong Employment Law Outlook for 2020
Press16 January 2020
Catherine Leung and David Kong have written an article for Hong Kong Lawyer on the employment law outlook for 2020 covering some of the significant changes to the employment-related legislation in Hong Kong.
Kathryn Weaver writes for Human Resources Online: Social media and the workplace: Legal considerations for employers
Press19 December 2019
Kathryn Weaver has written an article for Human Resources Online on how social media is increasingly creating issues in workplaces in Hong Kong and around the world and blurring employees' work and personal lives.
07 November 2019
The Inland Revenue (Amendment) (Tax Concessions) Bill 2019 was passed by the Legislative Council on 6 November 2019.
17 October 2019
89% of attendees said they felt mental health issues are on the rise in their organisation. A third said their workplace does not have a mental health strategy or programme.
24 July 2019
The Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”), Hong Kong’s highest court, has ruled that it is unjustified indirect discrimination to refuse a male government employee access to spousal benefits for his husband and the ability to elect for joint assessment of salaries tax.
21 May 2019
A bill to amend the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance (Cap. 426) (the “Ordinance”) was introduced to the Legislative Council on 17 April 2019. The bill aims to: ensure there is a genuine employment relationship for participants in an occupational retirement scheme; and enhance enforcement powers of the Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) Schemes Authority which acts as the Registrar of Occupational Retirement Schemes.
Press18 December 2018
Richard Miskella has commented for HR managzine on the government's announcement that it will work with the EHRC on a new code
18 December 2018
With uncertainty about Brexit continuing to dominate the headlines, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has released some useful and practical guidance on key data protection issues if there is no Brexit deal.
17 December 2018
“Christmas time is here by golly; disapproval would be folly; Deck the halls with hunks of holly, fill the cup and don’t say when”, as the legendary American satirist Tom Lehrer once sang. But Christmas party season can be a mixed blessing. The day after the office party, you will find many HR managers bracing themselves to hear what happened the night before…
Press17 December 2018
James Davies commented in an article for The Telegraph discussing how capitalised emails are equivalent to shouting at employees in person and can lead to complaints or disciplinary action.
Preventing illegal working: employers able to rely on online right to work checks from 28 January 201914 December 2018
In some circumstances employers will be able to use the Home Office Right to Work Checking Service available on GOV.UK from 28 January 2019 to obtain a statutory excuse against payment of a civil penalty for employing an illegal worker, without having also to check the individual’s physical documents.
13 December 2018
Many of our clients in the retail, fashion and hospitality sector face similar HR issues. Each month one of the members of our team will identify an issue, ask how you would deal with it and provide our advice. This month we asked Anna...
Tier 1 (Investor) applications are still being accepted but changes to the Immigration Rules have been announced12 December 2018
The Home Office has confirmed to the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association on 11 December 2018 that the Tier 1 (Investor) route currently remains open but that a further announcement on this will be made in due course. The correspondence also confirms that any suspension of the route will be effected through a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. This follows reporting by various news outlets including the Times and The Guardian on Thursday last week that the route was to be suspended as of the end of that day.
10 December 2018
This week is a crucial one for the Brexit process, with Parliament due to vote on the draft Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between Theresa May’s government and the EU. Even so close to the projected date for the UK’s departure on 29 March 2019, there are many imponderables and it is impossible to predict how Brexit will unfold. This article provides an employment law perspective on the current situation.
10 December 2018
On 5th December 2018, the UK Government published its latest policy paper setting out what rights EU citizens will have to reside in the UK in the event the UK exits the European Union without a deal in place.
Sam Minshall comments for Sky News, The Telegraph, The Independant and ITV: Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish's sex discrimination case against UK Sport and British Cycling begins
Press10 December 2018
Sam Minshall has commented in articles for Sky News and The Telegraph which discuss Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish's sex discrimination case against UK Sport and British Cycling.
Sam Minshall comments for Cyclist: Jess Varnish case could lead to ‘wholesale change in the treatment of athletes’
Press07 December 2018
Sam Minshall has commented in an article for Cyclist which discusses the potential wider implications of the imminent court case for athletes involving track sprinter Jess Varnish, who is arguing her status as an employee rather than self-employed.
06 December 2018
The Home Office has suspended the Tier 1 (Investor) immigration category for new applications from midnight on Thursday 6th December 2018 as part of a crackdown on organised crime and money laundering in the UK. The move follows a 46% rise in applications under the route from July this year, to over 400 applications.