Recent news

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

HongKong: Tax reform

The first HK$2M gross profit will be subject to a 50% corporation tax reduction in a tax reform that is currently before the legislature …

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Hong Kong: Trade union group calls for 6% pay rise

The second-largest union organisation in Hong Kong, the Confederation of Trade Unions, has called for a salary increase of at least 6% across all industries, well above the current 3 …

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Hong Kong: Hong Kong Express cabin crew seek to join trade union

More than half of the cabin crew of the budget airline, Hong Kong Express, have decided to join the Cabin Attendants Union (CAU) …

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Hong Kong: Court issues landmark ruling in same-sex partner’s visa appeal

The lesbian partner of a UK expatriate working in Hong Kong has won her discrimination case against the HK immigration department for denying her a visa …

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Hong Kong: New talks to halve mandatory provident fund

The burden of long-service and severance payments upon the Mandatory Provident Fund has been a recent concern for the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong …

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HK: Recruitment agencies could face higher penalties

The legislative council is currently debating a government Bill that proposes to increase the penalties for overcharging by employment agencies …

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Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific hits out at union after it ups stakes in dispute

IFALPA, the union representing cockpit crews at Hong-Kong based Cathay Pacific, are continuing their long-running dispute with the airline as it struggles to return to profitability …

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Hong Kong: Visa requirements relaxed for Cambodian nationals

Nationals of Cambodia may now apply to enter Hong Kong for employment as professionals, foreign workers or domestic helpers, as well as for investment, training, study and under several other immigration programs.

Hong Kong: Minimum wage to rise

The minimum wage in Hong Kong has remained unchanged at $32 …

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Hong Kong: Indian visitors must pre-register

All Indian nationals visiting Hong Kong must now pre-register online before departing for Hong Kong …

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Hong Kong: Current data freedoms under challenge

The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into EU law is prompting the Hong Kong government to revisit its own legislation …

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Hong Kong: Labour Tribunals could get right to order reinstatement without employer’s consent

A Bill that would give Labour Tribunals greater powers in unfair dismissal cases is currently before the Legislative Council of Hong Kong …

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Hong Kong: New rights for third parties in employment contracts

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance, which came into force on January 1st 2016, automatically includes any relevant third parties in contracts concluded under Hong Kong law …

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Hong Kong: No legal privilege between accountants and clients

A number of recent cases before the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong have established that there is no legal privilege that can be claimed when a qualified accountant gives tax advice to a client …

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Hong Kong: Collection of employees’ fingerprint data found to be excessive and unfair

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in Hong Kong has found a company’s practice of collecting employees’ fingerprint data to be disproportionate and unfair …

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