Legal Updates

14Apr2021

Legal update: Reimbursement of Statutory Maternity Leave Pay is now open for applications from employers

Statutory maternity leave was increased from 10 weeks to 14 weeks effective from 11 December 2020. The Labour Department has recently announced that employers can now apply for reimbursement of the statutory maternity leave pay paid to employees in respect of the 11th to 14th…Read More

29Mar2021

Legal update: Presenting winding-up/bankruptcy petitions based on foreign judgment debts – Is registration required?

Can a foreign order or judgment be immediately enforced in Hong Kong?  Generally, the answer is no.  Depending on where the judgment comes from, either it must first pass registration under the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance, or if not caught by that ordinance, there…Read More

25Mar2021

Tanner De Witt sponsors the Annual China Global Mergers & Acquisitions Summit in Shanghai

Tanner De Witt is proud to sponsor the Annual China Global Mergers & Acquisitions Summit taking place this week at the Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel in Shanghai. Highlights of the conference: The new Foreign Investment Law and the Export Control Law in China Update on…Read More

22Mar2021

Legal update: Statutory maternity leave extended to 14 weeks with effect from 11 December 2020

The Hong Kong Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 (“Amendment Ordinance”) came into effect on 11 December 2020.  Below is a summary of the key provisions introduced by the Amendment Ordinance: Statutory maternity leave increases from 10 weeks to 14 weeks for employees who give birth on or…Read More

22Mar2021

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Hong Kong and China

Registration Registration of intellectual property rights can be a cost-effective way for a company to protect its IP assets. Note, however, that China and Hong Kong are separate jurisdictions, so registration in one jurisdiction does not extend protection to the other jurisdiction. IP owners must…Read More

22Mar2021

Covid-19: Can children be separated from parents during quarantine? (March 2021 update)

This is an update to an article that was published in April 2020. Recently, an international school teacher tested positive after being linked to a spreading gym cluster. Consequently, a class of 8- to 9-year-old students were sent to the government quarantine centre. Following intervention…Read More

15Mar2021

Legal update: Employment (Amendment) Bill 2021 proposes to increase statutory holidays from 12 days to 17 days over next 9 years

On 5 March 2021, the Government of the HKSAR published the Employment (Amendment) Bill (the “Bill”) in the Gazette. The Bill proposes to increase the number of statutory holidays under the Employment Ordinance (Cap. 57) (the “EO”) in Hong Kong by adding the following 5…Read More

03Mar2021

Working Mothers: Maternity Rights under Hong Kong Law

New mothers have many things to worry about. Those who are working can also face additional problems in terms of maternity rights and difficulties when returning to work. The law provides several protections for working mothers in such situations. Maternity Rights Under Hong Kong Law…Read More

26Feb2021

Data Breach Response: The importance of cyber insurance

Ask an insurance broker, and they will tell you that an insurer needs claims in order to survive. Ask an InfoSec expert, and they will tell you a data breach is inevitable. This is why cyber insurance has come of age. In this article, Pádraig…Read More

25Feb2021

Arbitration partner Kevin Warburton gives his views on the Supplemental Arrangement in Asian Legal Business

Arbitration partner Kevin Warburton is featured in Asian Legal Business’ recent article Refinement and Clarity which discusses the Supplemental Arrangement Concerning the Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between China and Hong Kong. Kevin shares his thoughts on recognition and enforcement, removal of the restriction of…Read More

23Feb2021

I committed a trivial breach of quarantine, do I have to go to prison for it? – A case study on breaches of quarantine under the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 struck Hong Kong in early 2020. More than a year later, it is still affecting the lives of many on multiple levels. As a way to control the spread of the virus, the Government of Hong Kong has enacted and updated legislation since March…Read More

19Feb2021

Data Breach Response: The role of the incident response team

There is no “i” in “team,” but there is I.T. in the incident response team to a data breach. In this article, Pádraig Walsh from the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group of Tanner De Witt looks at the key people involved in the incident response…Read More