With the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more companies have adopted remote work. Employees may choose not to go back to the office, but work from home virtually. In an interview, Bill Gates mentioned that “remote working would only pull more people into the metaverse.” Metaverse? In simple words, the metaverse is a virtual office space with… Continue reading Is Your Next Office in the Metaverse?
Employment law issues in relation to COVID-19 are currently at the forefront with the unemployment rate constantly reaching its peak in view of the financial and operational difficulties posed by the pandemic on businesses. Small businesses are peculiarly vulnerable under the pandemic given the cashflow shortage and decreasing revenue with dampening consumer sentiment and the… Continue reading Unpaid Leave under COVID-19 – Is it Legal in Hong Kong?
Malaysia is experiencing a dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases with over 8,000 cases per day recently, and with over 70,000 active cases nationwide. ‘Total lockdown’ Amidst a third wave of COVID-19, Malaysia is under its third round of movement control order (MCO 3.0) since 12 May 2021. In view of the new variant of COVID-19… Continue reading Malaysia in Lockdown – What You Need to Know
In the 21st century, Malaysia is seeing an emerging trend in digitalisation and e-commerce, also and to many as one of the revolutionary catalysts – ‘electronic wallets’ (e-wallets). It is a software-based system that securely stores users’ personal information, account details and payment information. Such information is encrypted and protected with a 24/7 fraud detection engine… Continue reading Malaysia Topping as Cashless Society and E-wallets
With the latest spike in COVID cases, several news outlets have reported on Hong Kong government policy in the event a child or the parents test positive for COVID. We first addressed this issue in August 2020 after receiving several inquiries seeking assistance to plan for this contingency. Under the Prevention and Control of Disease… Continue reading Children and COVID-19: Isolation Orders and the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance
Il fut un temps, pas si lointain où les cadeaux n’arrivaient «que» deux Il fois par an: aux anniversaires et à Noël. Un temps où il n’y avait pas de visites régulières dans les centres commerciaux pour se réapprovisionner en jouets. On pouvait parfois compter sur une surprise de mamie ou d’un autre membre de… Continue reading Le Père Noël porte-t-il un masque?
Like many children our age, presents “only” came twice a year: birthdays and Christmas. There were no random visits to malls to update our supply of toys. Sure, there was the occasional surprise by a visiting gramma or relative, but the marker of the kid-year was your birthday as the warm-up with Christmas being the… Continue reading Does Santa Wear a Mask?
Facing the holidays under the threat of masks, hand sanitisers, and lockdown, it might be tough to feel excited about welcoming Santa into our homes, especially as we consider the experience of the little ones around us. If we compare our own happy holiday memories filled with family to those of the ones our little… Continue reading Cousins and Friends During the Holidays
Les Fêtes de fin d’année sont un moment privilégié pour la famille au sens large. Pour certains, c’est parfois la seule occasion dans l’année de se voir. Ces souvenirs sont précieux. Vos petits-enfants, nièces ou neveux n’auront cinq ans qu’une seule fois et ils grandissent si vite. Pour créer des souvenirs de famille amusants pendant… Continue reading Mamies et Papis! Oncles et Tantes!
The holidays are a special time for the extended family. For some, it may be the one time a year they get to see the little ones. And those memories are precious. Your grandchild or niece or nephew will only be five once and they grow so terribly fast. To create some fun family memories… Continue reading Grandmas! Grandpas! Aunties! Uncles!
A l’approche des fêtes de fin d’années, il semble difficile pour de nombreuses familles de se projeter et de pouvoir planifier comment et où se passeront ces fêtes sur fond de pandémie. Dans les familles dont les parents sont divorcés, il est très compliqué de pouvoir appliquer et respecter le droit de visite et d’hébergement… Continue reading Fêtes de fin d’année et Coronavirus
With the holidays approaching, many families are making difficult decisions on how to celebrate in the midst of the pandemic. For folks who have pre-arranged visitation agreements, particularly in cross-border matters, plans that have been set in place and agreed may get disrupted. With waves of virus increasing in some jurisdictions and mandatory quarantines in… Continue reading Cross-border Christmas Celebrations and Coronavirus
Rental Waivers or Reductions To reduce overhead costs, a 6-month waiver on rental payments has been granted on all premises owned by the Federal Government or their agencies. Similar waivers or discounts are granted to SMEs in the retail sector if they operate in premises owned by a government-linked company. Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) such as… Continue reading [Utilities] Economic Stimulus Packages in Malaysia
Wage Subsidy Program The Wage Subsidy Program was introduced by the government under the second stimulus package to prevent large-scale retrenchment by funding a portion of the employees’ wages and to ensure that businesses remain sustainable. Available to all businesses regardless of nature or size, the government will contribute between RM600 and RM1,200 per month… Continue reading [Employment] Economic Stimulus Packages in Malaysia
The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia has extended the submission deadline for a company’s income tax return form for the year of assessment (YA) 2019 whilst taxes which are due during the Movement Control Order period may be paid by or before 31 May 2020, without incurring any late payment penalties. Revisions to the estimates… Continue reading [Taxation] Economic Stimulus Packages in Malaysia
One-off special grant It is proposed that micro-SMEs would be entitled to a special grant amounting to RM3,000. In order to enjoy the above special grant, the micro-SME must be registered with the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia and a list of eligible micro-SMEs would be obtained from the Local Authorities and Companies Commission of… Continue reading [Sector Focus: SME] Economic Stimulus Packages in Malaysia
The first economic stimulus package sought to alleviate the pandemic’s immediate impact upon the tourism industry. Incentives for the tourism industry include: Double tax deduction on expenditure incurred on training courses for employees 6-month deferral on the payment of monthly income tax instalments 6-month exemption of the hospitality industry from Human Resource Development Fund levies… Continue reading [Industry Focus: Tourism and Logistics] Economic Stimulus Packages in Malaysia
To date, three (3) economic stimulus packages totalling RM280 billion (USD63 billion) have been announced by the Malaysian government to mitigate the economic risks arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This demonstrates the commitment of the government in prioritising the well-being of the Malaysian citizens while also ensuring the survival of businesses impacted by COVID-19. The… Continue reading Overview of Post-COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Packages in Malaysia
In the wake of COVID-19 comes a shower of government-led incentives to accelerate digital transformation in the business world, including the highly anticipated Distance Business Programme with funding worth HK$500 million. While the epidemic as a driving force is a most unfortunate and costly one, it does urge decision makers, especially of small- and medium-sized enterprises… Continue reading Strategising Digital Transformation and Training Data-literate Teams for Business of Tomorrow
As people have been working from home for weeks now and with children being home-schooled, things can get tense in the family home, especially in the small spaces we share in Hong Kong. A number of articles in SCMP, BBC, and CNN have featured articles indicating that there is an uptick in the number of… Continue reading Domestic Violence Orders Comparative Stance on Hong Kong and French Legislation amidst COVID-19 Crisis
A Hong Kong, les familles se sont retrouvées à cohabiter à longueur de journées, des semaines durant, du fait du travail à domicile imposé et de la fermeture des établissements scolaires. Dans ces conditions, et du fait notamment de la petite surface des logements à Hong Kong, les tensions familiales sont exacerbées. Un certain nombre… Continue reading Ordonnances de Protection Judiciaires sur fond de crise sanitaire du COVID19 Comparaison entre les législations en place en France et à Hong Kong
In the last few weeks, we have had an increasing number of requests relating to the acquisition of French nationality or other kinds of ways to live legally in France. Some mixed couples living in Hong Kong have suddenly decided to call it a day after months of demonstrations followed by the situation imposed by… Continue reading Acquiring French Nationality by Marriage
Anti-epidemic Fund As our society copes with the coronavirus outbreak, the Hong Kong government has earmarked HK$287.5 billion in three rounds of measures to help alleviate the financial burden of businesses and individuals. Read this booklet with key measures on: Employment Support Scheme (wage subsidies); Distance Business Programme (further details to be announced soon); Subsidy schemes for food licensees and sectors of construction, retail, arts… Continue reading Resource Hub on Measures and Funding under COVID-19