Recent news

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

Hong Kong: Government proposes increasing maternity leave pay cap to HK$80,000

An increase in the monthly pay cap for statutory maternity leave to HK$80,000 (US$10,323) is being proposed for those taking maternity leave …

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Hong Kong: Tax bill passage welcomed

Under the concessionary measure released by the government, all forms of income and profits tax for the year 2019–20 will be reduced by 100%, subject to a ceiling of $20,000 (US$2,580) per case …

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Hong Kong: Employers who sack workers but apply for wage subsidies will face cash penalties

Eligible employers may now apply for a 6-month wage subsidy …

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Hong Kong: Airport tests full-body disinfection booths

The international airport is currently trialling a full-body “cleantech” booth that allows those working at the airport to go through a 40-second sanitising process …

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Hong Kong: “Basic Law” reforms

The state of emergency has given the government of this special administrative region (SAR) an opportunity to establish a period of calm after many months of anti-government protests …

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Hong Kong: Recognising same-sex marriage

The Revenue Department has responded to the court’s findings in the case of Leung Chun Kwong v Secretary for the Civil Service by issuing new Departmental Interpretation and Practice Notes …

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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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