07 March 2022
There is finally visibility on how the government proposes to sunset the controversial Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) offsetting mechanism as the long-awaited Employment and Retirement Schemes Legislation (Offsetting Arrangement) (Amendment) Bill (“Bill”) was tabled to the Legislative Council on 23 February 2022. The government hopes that the law will be finalised within the current government office term and expects the mechanism to be abolished by 2025. This article provides a summary of the key changes and some key takeaways for employers.
21 March 2022
The government recently published the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2022 to amend the Employment Ordinance (“Amendment”). The Amendment will come into force on a date to be determined after it is enacted by the Legislative Council and it is expected that this will take place soon. The Amendment is a timely response to the outbreak of the fifth wave of COVID-19 in Hong Kong and this article summarises what employers need to know.
23 March 2022
In unfair dismissal claims, whilst orders for re-employment are rare, they can be very lucrative for claimants. In particular those who are high earners stand to benefit considerably as the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal (currently £89,493) does not apply which can lead to very large pay-outs as in the case of Jones v JP Morgan Securities plc.
11 April 2022
The High Court in Hong Kong has granted an application allowing witnesses based abroad to give evidence by video conferencing, even though the flight ban has been lifted.
25 May 2022
We are delighted to announce that Catherine Leung has been recognised as a Leading Lawyer and Lewis Silkin has been awarded a Second Tier ranking in Employment & Labour in the Doyles Guides awards 2022.