Recent news

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

Hong Kong: Proposed changes to discrimination laws

A raft of potential changes to discrimination and harassment laws have been introduced through a single amendment Bill …

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Hong Kong: New ID cards to be rolled out from late December

With effect from the 26th of November 2018, the existing smart identity card will be replaced by a new, more durable card …

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Hong Kong: Maternity leave to increase to 14 weeks

The Hong Kong government has extended statutory maternity leave from the 10 weeks to 14 weeks …

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Hong Kong: Pilot Technology Talent Admission Scheme rolled out

The Government is now operating a three-year pilot Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS) to attract overseas and mainland technology talent to do research work in Hong Kong …

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Hong Kong: Employment Programme for the Elderly and Middle-aged (EPEM)

Employers in Hong Kong may now receive new age-related vocational training allowances …

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Hong Kong: Government proposes to increase paternity leave from three days to five

The government of Hong Kong’s special administrative region (SAR) has proposed the extension of statutory paternity leave from its current entitlement of 3 days per birth event …

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Hong Kong: Employment ordinance amended to empower the Labour Tribunal to make compulsory reinstatement or reengagement orders

We reported progress on a new reinstatement power in our May 10th issue …

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Hong Kong: Code of practice issued

The Commissioner for Labour has issued a 206-page Code of Practice for employment agencies …

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Hong Kong: Weaker framework on standard working hours lacks legal sanctions

Under the previous government it was proposed to introduce standard working hours restrictions for all jobs …

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Hong Kong: Court overturns landmark benefits ruling for gay civil servants

The Court of appeal has overturned the decision of a lower court that had required the Hong Kong government to give the same benefits to employees in gay marriages as to their heterosexual colleagues …

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Hong Kong: Employment (Amendment) Bill moves slowly through the legislative process

The Employment (Amendment) Bill 2018 is moving slowly through the legislative process …

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Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

The airlines Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon are amending their dress codes for female flight attendants …

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Hong Kong/Belarus: Visa-free regime

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

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Hong Kong: MPF offset mechanism

No final decision has so far been made on the abolition of the facility for employers to offset severance pay against their past contributions to an employee’s Mandatory Provident Fund. The government has set a deadline to achieve agreement for the end of February – but this reform has received much resistance from local employers.

 

Hong Kong: A two-tiered profits tax system adopted

A tax reform currently before the legislature would designate a company’s first HK$2M gross profit as subject to a 50% corporation tax reduction …

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