Asia Pacific Employment & Incentives Legal Update April 2018

Welcome to the first issue of our bi-annual Asia Pacific employment and incentives legal updates for 2018. We hope you have had a good start to the new year!

In this newsletter, we have captured the major legal developments in employment and incentives law during the second half of 2017 as well as trends and anticipated changes in 2018 so far. As a general observation, we continue to see a large number of legislative proposals and changes in law and regulations aimed at improving labour standards across the region. These will inevitably have an impact on how businesses should be conducted going forward from a human resources management perspective and we trust awareness of these developments will be instrumental to business success.

It is also interesting to observe recent attempts by courts and governments across the region in response to the modern “gig economy”. As modern businesses continue to adopt different models to engage workers as opposed to the use of traditional permanent employment relationships, the courts are currently expected to fit those different modes of engagement into traditional categories of employment status whilst governments are grappling to adapt existing statutory frameworks to regulate the benefits and protections afforded to different classes of workers.

If you are interested to know more about any of the updates we have covered, please contact any one of us by using the contact information at the end of this newsletter.