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Requirements for Paying Out Redundancies in Australia

Reading Time: 3 minutesEnsuring that redundancies proceed as smoothly as possible can be a difficult exercise. In this, our final article in our three part series on redundancy, we discuss the requirements around paying out redundancies. ​After having firstly decided to implement redundancies, and successfully established who will be made redundant, it is important to ensure that the correct process […]

Non-disclosure of conflicts of interest may be a crime in Hong Kong – procurement staff beware

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn both public and private sectors, employees of different levels might be empowered to make decisions on engagement of suppliers and contractors etc. It might be very tempting for such employee to procure contracts to be awarded to entities which he or his family members have interests. However, if no proper declaration of interest was […]

Myanmar Tax Alert: Myanmar Passes The 2018-2019 Union Tax Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 25 September 2018, the Union Parliament (“Pyidaungsu Hluttaw”) enacted the 2018-2019 Union Tax Law (“2018-2019 UTL”) which provides clarity on the transition period regarding the change in the tax year of reporting along with tax rates and exemptions applicable to certain goods and services in Myanmar. For State-owned enterprises (“SOEs”), the 2018-2019 UTL is effective […]

Wake up call for Contract Service Providers in Australia

Reading Time: 2 minutesWhat’s it all about? In an important decision by the Federal Court, the long standing exception to redundancy entitlements based on the “ordinary and customary turnover of labour” has come under the spotlight and will no doubt be the new benchmark relied upon by employee organisations to demand redundancy when service contracts aren’t renewed and where a […]

Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill and the Repercussions for Franchisors
Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill and the Repercussions for Franchisors in Australia

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 5 September 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was passed by both houses of Parliament. The Bill has recently received Royal Assent, making changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act) Significant Changes There are significant changes for franchisors, in the aim of protecting vulnerable workers. Some of […]

What are the legal obligations when writing employee references?

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction – A lesson to be shared The departure of an employee is a common occurrence and there are many reasons why one would choose to leave his work. Whatever the reason may be, it is not uncommon for an employer to receive requests from prospective employers for references of the departing/departed employee. An employee […]

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Tendering Your Resignation

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt’s sure tempting to tender your resignation with a bang Come on, admit it, we’ve all fantasised at some point about quitting your job, and tendering your resignation with such unmitigated gall and audacity, that you walk out of that door while your supervisor and colleagues stare at you slack-jawed in amazement. But it is not […]

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Employment Contracts for Singaporeans & PRs: What You Should Know

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat is an employment contract? An employment contract is a legally binding document between your employer and you. Also known as a ‘Contract of Service’, it governs your relationship with your employer, and where applicable, the Employment Act sets out your basic terms and conditions of employment, as well as the rights and responsibilities of employer […]

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Preventing Former Employees From Stealing Trade Secrets

Reading Time: 4 minutesYour former employee just got a plum job – but she has your trade secrets! That is the nightmare that publicly listed Australian steel company, BlueScope Steel, faced in 2015 when it uncovered a massive, four-year-long effort by a former software development manager to steal nearly 40 gigabytes of its deepest trade secrets and intellectual […]

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Maternity Leave & Paternity Leave in Singapore [with Infographic]

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn recent years, Singapore has established a more robust system of maternity and paternity leave to support young parents in the workforce. This came in the form of longer paternity leave and the introduction of shared parental leave for working fathers, as the Government explores new ways to encourage young couples to have babies. Singapore […]