The rise in Covid-19 cases has left many employers in Hong Kong contemplating whether they can lawfully require their employees to undergo testing for Covid-19. In times like these, employers find themselves trying to balance their business interests and continuity on one hand, with employees’ concerns and sensitivities on the other. In this article we discuss factors that employers should consider when requesting or directing employees to undergo Covid-19 testing.
Executive Partner Caroline McNally and Associate Loretta Ho have written an article for Hong Kong Lawyer’s e-newsletter exploring parental disputes surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine. They explain how the question of whether a child can be vaccinated is a custodial issue and share two recent UK decisions which they conclude are likely to be followed in Hong Kong if parental disagreements over Covid-19 vaccinations arise in similar situations.
Partner Nick Dealy and Legal Analyst Kritika Sethia have written an article for the British Chamber of Commerce’s latest magazine issue on how to safely work from home. They explore security risks involved in working from home, explain new guidance from the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, and share key takeaways for employers and staff in protecting data.
Since the pandemic started, we have received a growing number of enquiries about cybercrimes including email scams targeting individuals or corporates in Hong Kong.Our Partner Kenix Yuen recently spoke to HK01 about the common types of cyber scams in Hong Kong and provided some suggestions for how citizens can avoid them.
Remote working arrangements have become prevalent in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic such as risk of infections, travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Many employers are also considering remote working as ‘the new normal’ given the reduced operational costs. For some employees, remote working may mean working overseas. In this article, we discuss the legal implications that employers in Hong Kong should have regard to before allowing their employees to work overseas.
The Hong Kong government has commenced implementation of a COVID-19 vaccination programme intended to cover all Hong Kong residents across the territory. Vaccinations are offered free of charge with the stated aim of safeguarding public health and helping to allow further easing of restrictions and a gradual return to normal life and activities. At this stage, the rollout is prioritising vaccination of individuals within vulnerable and high-risk groups, such as the elderly and healthcare workers, but should extend to all groups during the course of this year.