As mentioned in our earlier posts, we will be featuring contributions from our global Employment & Benefits team on this blog, highlighting particular topics and issues of interest to UK employers with operations overseas.

Here is some recent commentary and guidance from our Employment & Benefits team in Hong Kong:

  • Our Employment & Benefits team in Hong Kong produce the “Asia Employment Law: Quarterly Review”, a publication covering 15 jurisdictions in Asia. The twenty-fourth edition flags the anticipated employment law developments during the second quarter of 2019, highlighting some of the major changes to look out for in 2019.
  • Following case law in 2018, in June 2019, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal took a further step towards internationally accepted norms by making it unlawful for the Hong Kong government to provide lower benefits to a spouse in a same-sex marriage than to a spouse in a heterosexual marriage. This recent update from Employment & Benefits partners Duncan Abate and Hong Tran provides more information about this key development.
  • On 4 April 2019, the Hong Kong government published the long-awaited Occupational Retirement Schemes (Amendment) Bill 2019. This update from Duncan Abate and Hong Tran provides a flavour of the more important consequences of the legislation and some of the concerns arising from the changes.
  • In addition to the above, this follow-up update from Duncan Abate and Hong Tran dives deeper into the Bill to identify three of the ugliest or weirdest “devils” in the detail of the Bill.

If you would like further guidance on employment and benefits issues in Hong Kong, and/or would like to register for our Asia legal updates, please contact Duncan Abate or Hong Tran.