Employment

13Mar2018

Tanner De Witt attends Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Official Draw 2018

We had the pleasure of attending and participating in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Official Draw 2018 at Hysan Place in Causeway Bay yesterday. Three separate draws were held: for the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier, the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier and…Read More

20Feb2018

Legal update: amendment to Employment Ordinance provisions relating to Employment Agencies

Effective from February 9 2018, the provisions in the Employment Ordinance relating to Employment Agencies (EAs) have been amended to: increase the maximum penalty for the offences of overcharging commission from job-seekers and the unlicensed operation of EAs up to a fine of HK$350,000 and…Read More

12Feb2018

Tanner De Witt lawyers selected by Who’s Who Legal 2018

Who’s Who Legal has featured six of our lawyers as Experts in their soon-to-be-released 2018 guide. One of our Partners, Jeff Lane, has been ranked as Thought Leader for his work in Asset Recovery. Lawyers are selected for the rankings based upon a comprehensive, independent survey with…Read More

26Jan2018

Russell Bennett gives 2018 talk on key issues for recruiters

On the morning of Thursday 25 January, the Harcourt Suite of the Hong Kong Club was filled to the brim with 35 recruitment professionals for a talk by Employment Partner Russell Bennett. Entitled Key Employment Issues for Recruiters, this is the second year that Russell has made this…Read More

17Jan2018

Legal update: Liquidators in the Labour Tribunal

To prevent legal costs making it prohibitive for employees to pursue claims relating to their employment, lawyers are not able to represent clients in Labour Tribunal proceedings.  Where a party is a company, under Hong Kong law, only an “officer or servant” of that company…Read More

15Dec2017

Results of 2018 Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide announced

Tanner De Witt is pleased once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their 2018 Asia-Pacific Guide for each of its main practice areas in particular its Band 1 rankings for Restructuring and Insolvency and Labour and Employment. Joanne Brown is a new…Read More

01Dec2017

The Legal 500 2018 rankings are announced for Asia Pacific

Tanner De Witt is very pleased to be recommended again this year in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2018 for its four main practice areas; corporate and commercial, labour and employment, restructuring and insolvency and litigation and dispute resolution. We are very proud to…Read More

05Sep2017

Damages for “injury to feelings” in discrimination cases may be about to increase

In Hong Kong certain types of discrimination are unlawful including:- Sex, pregnancy and marital status discrimination Race discrimination Disability discrimination Family status discrimination In certain situations harassment, vilification and victimization linked to the above are also unlawful. One of the express statutory entitlements to compensation…Read More

15Aug2017

Legal update: MPF Offset Mechanism

Under the current offset mechanism, an employer who is liable to pay an employee statutory severance pay (“SP”) or long service pay (“LSP”) is allowed to offset against the SP or LSP due to an employee,  the accrued value of benefits derived from: the employer’s…Read More

02Jun2017

Good news for those employed in Hong Kong under English Law contracts

Many expatriate employees engaged to work in Hong Kong either generally or for specific periods, can often be employed under contracts expressly stated to be governed by the law of another jurisdiction.  Where contracts are expressed to be governed by the law of England and…Read More

17May2017

Legal update: increase of Statutory Minimum Wage effective 1 May 2017

Employment Update (May 2017) Increase of Statutory Minimum Wage Effective from 1 May 2017, the rate of Statutory Minimum Wage has been raised to HK$34.50 per hour.  The monetary cap on the requirement of employers recording the total number of hours worked by employees has…Read More

17May2017

Legal update: Government resubmits proposal for Labour Tribunal to order compulsory re-instatement or re-engagement of unlawfully dismissed employees

Employment Update (May 2017) On 5 May 2017 the Government published in the Gazette the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2017, which is to be introduced into the Legislative Council for first and second readings on 17 May 2017.   This resubmits, with minor amendments, the proposal set…Read More