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AsiaLaw Announces Latest Directory Rankings

AsiaLaw has published its latest edition and Gall has received the following recognition: Practice Area Rankings Industry Sector Rankings Nick Gall was recognised as an Elite Practitioner and Chris Wong and Evelyn Chan as Distinguished Practitioners.  Client feedback “Professional and efficient.” – Dispute resolution “Gall is reliable, dedicated and provides a quick turnaround time. It is

Repeal of Legitimate Vaccination Request

The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 (Commencement) Notice was published on 14 April 2023 and will take effect on 16 June 2023 to repeal the provisions under the Employment Ordinance (“EO”) relating to legitimate COVID-19 vaccination request provisions (“Vaccination Provisions”). The Vaccination Provisions were added to the EO pursuant to the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 (“Amendment Ordinance”)which

Matthew Durham and Felda Yeung Write Article on Employee Misconduct for Human Resources Online

Employee misconduct can take many different forms, be it financial, regulatory, harassment, discrimination, or breaches of company policies. Allegations and complaints regarding misconduct or the discovery of incidences of misconduct may come from a variety of sources and functions, ranging from routine compliance checks to external sources, whistleblowers or even regulatory dawn raids.

Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme: Employer Considerations

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.

Managing Annual Leave in Hong Kong During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up many challenges for businesses. Severe and sustained travel restrictions, as well as other uncertainties, have resulted in many employees not taking time off and thus having significant accrued but untaken annual leave entitlements. This creates potential risk for companies. Productivity may be affected if employees all take extended or frequent breaks to use up rolled over leave when the situation eases. Similarly, risk management capability may be undermined if a large number of employees decide to take their leave at specific or peak times. So employers need to consider how to avoid risk and “log-jams” without breaching employee rights. In particular, if necessary, can they require employees to take or to forfeit annual leave?

Hong Kong’s Breastfeeding Discrimination Law – What Should Employers and Employees Know?

In a significant advancement towards inclusiveness, the amendment to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (“SDO”) prohibiting breastfeeding discrimination (“Amendment”) will come into force on 19 June 2021. We have summarized the key legal implications of the Amendment and key takeaways for employers.