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Employment update, Hong Kong June 2007
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • June 25 2007

The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2007 (“EAO”) will come into operation on 13 July 2007


Exclusive jurisdiction of Labour Tribunal over certain employment-related matters
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • February 19 2009

In Hong Kong, the Labour Tribunal enjoys exclusive jurisdiction over certain employment claims


Follow-up on the Race Discrimination Ordinance
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • February 19 2009

In the September 2008 edition of our International Employment Update, we reported that the Legislative Council passed the Race Discrimination Ordinance on 18 July 2008


Race discrimination
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • February 12 2007

For many years the Government has maintained that race relations in Hong Kong were harmonious


Security breaches of personal data in Hong Kong
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • February 1 2007

The security of personal data in Hong Kong is governed by the Hong Kong Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap 482) ("PDPO"), the primary purpose of which is to protect the privacy of living individuals in relation to their personal data


Breaking continuity of employment for the purpose of avoiding severance pay
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • February 12 2007

Section 31B of the Employment Ordinance confers on an employee the right to receive severance pay when she is dismissed by hisher employer by reason of redundancy or when she is laid off, provided that the employee has been employed under a continuous contract for a period of not less than 24 months


Revising the method for calculating statutory benefits
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • February 12 2007

In light of the CFA decision of Lisbeth Enterprises Limited v Mandy Luk (as reported in the November issue of this Update), the Government is now proposing certain amendments to the Employment Ordinance to ensure that monthly calculated commissions are taken into consideration for the purposes of statutory benefits


Defamation of corporate entities in Hong Kong
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • March 15 2007

Hong Kong’s law of defamation generally follows the English law of defamation, although there are some important differences


New race discrimination law
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • August 26 2008

The Race Discrimination Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) was passed on 10 July 2008 and its enactment has marked another step forward by the HKSAR government to put in place a framework of anti-discrimination laws


Third party funding for litigation - Hong Kong
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong
  • October 13 2008

The common law rules in Hong Kong before 1997 - which remain in force under Article 8 of the Basic Law - provide that "maintenance" and "champerty" are criminal offences, torts and that "tainted" contracts (involving maintenance or champerty) are voidable as a matter of public policy