Covid 19

19May2020

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 4 –Employment Support Scheme (ESS) Application details announced

The Hong Kong Government has announced the application process for the first tranche of the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) which commences on 25 May 2020, along with the clawback and penalties that will apply if the ESS undertakings are breached.  Details of the application process,…Read More

14May2020

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 3 – HK Government releases further details on application process for Employment Support Scheme (ESS)

UPDATE 4: 19 May 2020 – Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 4 –Employment Support Scheme (ESS) Application details announced The Hong Kong government issued a press release, Technical briefing on the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) and some FAQs on the ESS earlier this week.  These…Read More

05May2020

Fortress or Sandcastle: Cybersecurity risks of working from home

COVID19 has led to more and more people working from home.  This trend will continue in the future.  Homes are not made of bricks and mortar in cybersecurity terms.  Cybercriminals are finding it easier to huff and puff, and blow these straw houses down.  Pádraig…Read More

24Apr2020

Covid-19: Can children be separated from parents during quarantines?

Government protocol to manage Covid-19 is to quarantine and hospitalise all positive Covid-19 cases and to isolate all close contacts.  For many parents, the fear of being separated from their children, or of their children facing the trauma of hospitalisation or quarantine on their own,…Read More

21Apr2020

COVID-19: Managing Data Ethics in a Pandemic

In times of stress, you don’t rise to peak performance, you fall to the level of your training. There is a global pandemic. There is quite a lot of stress about. Governments and public institutions are looking for technology solutions to help. Is a balanced…Read More

21Apr2020

Can the novel coronavirus form a defence to international child abduction?

An interesting decision is now available in respect of a child removed by her mother from Spain, her place of habitual residence and the subsequent application by her father for her return brought under legislation incorporating the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child…Read More

20Apr2020

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update – Further details on Employment Support Scheme (ESS) provided in Finance Committee Discussion Paper

UPDATE 4: 19 May 2020 – Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 4 –Employment Support Scheme (ESS) Application details announced UPDATE 3: 15 May 2020 – Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 3 – HK Government releases further details on application process for Employment Support Scheme (ESS)…Read More

20Apr2020

Corporate Meetings During Social Distancing

Work-from-home arrangements. Restrictions on travel. No gatherings of four people or more. COVID-19 has changed how we work, live and socialise. The pandemic has also affected how companies conduct their corporate governance. We are now in financial reporting season when companies are convening board and…Read More

16Apr2020

Is COVID-19 an event of force majeure?

Does COVID-19 allow you to get out of your contract on the grounds of force majeure? We have been asked this question several times in recent weeks. COVID-19 has hurt many businesses and has stopped contract performance in its tracks in many instances. Does that…Read More

09Apr2020

Wage subsidy and employment relief announced in second round of Anti-epidemic fund

UPDATE 4: 19 May 2020 – Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 4 –Employment Support Scheme (ESS) Application details announced UPDATE 3: 15 May 2020 – Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 3 – HK Government releases further details on application process for Employment Support Scheme (ESS)…Read More

07Apr2020

COVID-19 Legal Regulatory Framework

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak continues to spread, Hong Kong has taken rigorous actions in combat of the infection surge.  This article serves to briefly outline the anti-epidemic measures imposed by the Hong Kong Government and their relevant legal implications on individuals. Entry to Hong…Read More

07Apr2020

Retailers’ Relief – deadline of 12 April 2020

Retail Sector Subsidy Scheme – Eligibility and Requirements The HKSAR Government has established the “Retail Sector Subsidy Scheme” (the “Scheme”) being a part of the HK$30 billion “Anti-epidemic Fund” to provide relief to retailers over financial difficulties arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. This summary intends…Read More