Recent news

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

Hong Kong: Can an employee make a claim from the ECO if they contract COVID-19 at work?

Can a Hong Kong employee make a claim from the Employee’s Compensation Ordinance (ECO) if they contract COVID-19 at work? Although the virus is not classified as an “occupational disease”, the ECO rules still allow a claim if they contracted the disease by accident “arising out of and in the course of employment” (a Section 5 claim) …

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Hong Kong: Unemployment surges to record high in wake of coronavirus outbreak

A general shut-down of government offices, courts and other institutions will continue until at least March 1st 2020 …

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Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific to cut 30% of capacity due to coronavirus

The leading international airline, Cathay Pacific, has been experiencing a reduction in demand for the last 12 months due to protests across the special administrative region …

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Hong Kong: Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019

The Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019 has now been subject to a first reading before the Legislative Council …

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Hong Kong: More foreign firms coming to Hong Kong

According to the Law Society of Hong Kong, the number of foreign law firms establishing themselves in the city has risen slightly this year and the number of individual foreign lawyers is now virtually the same as earlier than in the year …

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Hong Kong: New reciprocal arrangement expands the scope for mutual enforcement of judgments between HK and the Mainland

We are still waiting for the implementation date of an order made earlier this year granting reciprocal recognition and enforcement of employment decisions between courts in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland …

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Hong Kong: Gov’t backs extended maternity leave

Following the recent increase of paid paternity leave from 3 to 5 days, paid maternity leave is also set to increase from current 10 to 14 weeks …

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Hong Kong: Government publishes proposed Amendments to the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance

The Hong Kong government has recently published its amended Occupational Retirement Schemes Bill …

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Hong Kong: When ‘wages’ mean more than just your salary

Clarifying what constitutes contractual pay is essential when it comes to payment in lieu of notice …

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Hong Kong: Belarus, Hong Kong mutual visa-free extended to 30 days

Passport holders from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Belarus are now able to enjoy 30 days, rather than previous 14 days’, visa-free facility to visit each other’s country …

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Hong Kong: Residents born in 1968-69 may apply for new Smart ID Card beginning April 1 , 2019

Back in October last year, we reported that Hong Kong residents will be required to replace their identity cards in phases …

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Hong Kong: Visa-free access to Panama and Armenia for HKSAR passport holders

Passport holders from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) may now visit Panama without a visa for up to 30 days …

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Hong Kong: Is Hong Kong’s law against racism really useful

It has just been revealed by Constitutional Affairs Minister Patrick Nip Tak-kuen that over the last ten years there has not been a single court case under the Race Discrimination Ordinance …

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Hong Kong: Government to increase immigration-related fees

With effect from March the 25th 2019, the Immigration Department will substantially increase fees for visas/entry permits and travel documents, genetic tests and delivery charges outside of Hong Kong …

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Hong Kong: Minimum wage to jump to HK$37.50, in biggest rise since it was introduced

With effect from the 1st of May 2019, the city’s minimum wage will be increased by 8 …

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