Month: November 2018

Litigation Update: Increases in the civil jurisdictional limits of the District Court and the Small Claims Tribunal

The Legislative Council passed resolutions on 27 June 2018 to raise the upper financial limits on the civil jurisdiction of the Small Claims Tribunal (“SCT”) and the District Court (“DC”) in certain matters. In other words, both the SCT and DC will have the power to deal with claims of a larger amount. Such resolutions will come into operation on 3 December 2018.

Employment Update: Increase of Paternity Leave to Five Days

Gall’s employment practice details the recent amendment to the Employment Ordinance Cap. 57 (“EO”), increasing paternity leave in Hong Kong from three days to five days.

The Employment (Amendment) (No. 3) Ordinance 2018 (“Amendment Ordinance”) was gazetted on 2 November 2018. Under the Amendment Ordinance, the statutory paternity leave under the Employment Ordinance Cap. 57 (“EO”) will increase from three days to five days.