Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Hong Kong as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Hong Kong: Increase of statutory holidays

This year, the additional permanent public holiday – the first weekday after Christmas (Thursday, 26th December 2024) – will bring the total number of public holidays in Hong Kong to 14 days …

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Hong Kong: Guidance notes on prevention of heat stroke at work

As Summer nears, the Labour Department has revised its guidance to employers on how to prevent employees suffering from heat stroke …

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Hong Kong: Working Family Allowance (WFA)

This means tested allowance has just been raised by 15% …

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Hong Kong: Annual minimum wage review proposal and new formula to take effect in 2026

The Executive Council has recently accepted a proposal by the Minimum Wage Commission to review the wage every year, instead of every two years – starting in 2026 …

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Hong Kong: Change of “418” to “468” rule

Currently, full-time or part-time workers, who work at least 18 hours a week for the same employer for four weeks or more, will be deemed as being engaged under a “continuous contract” …

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Hong Kong: Increase in the tax rate for top earners (April 2024)

From 1st April 2024 a new two-tier income tax structure will be introduced …

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Hong Kong: State bonus to attract women back to work

The government is considering launching a three-year Re-employment Allowance Pilot Scheme, targeting individuals aged 40 or above who have not been in paid employment for three consecutive months or more …

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Hong Kong: Axa enhances work-life balance benefits in Greater China (HK&Macau)

The AXA insurance company operating in these special administrative zones has increased paid co-parent leave from 20 days to 40 days …

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Hong Kong: Student employment restrictions lifted

35,000 Full-time non-local postgraduate students are now temporarily exempted from the restrictions on working in all part-time jobs …

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Hong Kong: HSBC enhances parental leave

With effect from 1st January 2024, maternity leave enjoyed by the bank’s full-time employees will be increased from 16 weeks to 20 weeks for each pregnancy …

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Hong Kong: Visa-free access extended and expanded

The visa-free entry periods for the Hong Kong ‘Special Administrative Region’ (HKSAR) passport holders visiting the Republics of Albania and Uganda have been extended to up to 90 days …

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Hong Kong: Local brain drain

The Hong Kong government has relaxed its visa policy for Vietnamese, Laotian and Nepalese highly skilled workers …

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Hong Kong: Speedier facility for issuing multiple entry visas

Foreign employees of companies registered in Hong Kong SAR may now apply for a two (or more) year multiple-entry Chinese business visa at the China Visa Application Service Centre in Hong Kong SAR, with expedited processing …

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Hong Kong: Youth employment scheme extended to 31st December 2023

The scheme applies to Hong Kong residents who were awarded degrees by local or foreign Universities during 2021-23 and are lawfully employable in Hong Kong – provided applications are made before 31st December 2023 …

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Hong Kong: Work injury and special time-off compensation increased

The levels of compensation for employees injured at work, or those with occupational diseases, are generally adjusted every two years …

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