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Employment Spotlight: The law on demotions in Hong Kong

The employment team looks at some of the key issues and practical tips when considering demoting an employee in Hong Kong.

A demotion normally involves a reduction in rank or status, or a decrease in job responsibilities and/or salary. An employer may wish to demote an employee for a variety of reasons including poor performance, capability and/or as an alternative to termination. Regardless of the reason for the demotion, an employer should be careful when demoting an employee. Any demotion should be managed professionally and lawfully; failure to do so may expose the employer to an unwanted claim.

Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2019: Gall ranked Leading Firm for Dispute Resolution and Family/Matrimonial, Recognised Firm for Employment. Nick Gall and Caroline McNally named as Leading Individuals, Chris Wong and Andrea Randall as Recognised Practitioners

In the recently released Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 Guide, Gall is ranked as a Leading Firm for the Dispute Resolution and Family/Matrimonial practices and a Recognised Firm for the Employment practice. Nick Gall and Caroline McNally are named as Leading Individuals, Chris Wong and Andrea Randall as Recognised Practitioners.

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.

Gall Sponsors the 2018 Asia Pro Bono Conference in Hong Kong 25-27 October 2018

Gall were proud sponsors of this event that took place in Hong Kong last week. Held annually, the Conference brings together lawyers, academics, law students, jurists, pro bono professionals, policy makers, civil society and non-profit representatives, and provides a unique platform to hear and engage with those who are inspiring others and positively impacting the lives of some of the region’s most disadvantaged individuals and marginalised communities.