Think twice before asking your employees to remain on call 24/7 on a statutory rest day

Working hours in Hong Kong are notoriously long and demanding. It may therefore come as no surprise that Hong Kong was recently ranked 45th out of a list of 50 cities in work-life balance and was ranked overall as the top overworked city[1]. With modern technology enabling employees to have access to work resources remotely, some… Continue reading Think twice before asking your employees to remain on call 24/7 on a statutory rest day

Changes to Maternity Leave in The Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019

The Employment Bill of 2019, passed by Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, introduced new maternity benefits for female employees, which are aimed at improving their welfare. On December 11, 2020, the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 took effect, increasing the mandatory maternity leave from 10 to 14 weeks. The Hong Kong Labour Department also announced that employers can now… Continue reading Changes to Maternity Leave in The Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019

Unpaid Leave under COVID-19 – Is it Legal in Hong Kong?

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?