Social Media and Your Business: Formidable Weapon or Uncontrollable Scourge?

Reading Time: 5 minutesA Double Whammy of Suspensions and Fines In a media release dated 24 January 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it had issued a warning to a company which breached securities laws pertaining to an offer of digital securities tokens[1]. Following the warning, the proposed offering has been indefinitely suspended. Interestingly, the […]

Hong Kong: Amendments to an employment contract – whether there is “real benefit” to an employer

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our previous newsletter “Amendments to an Employment Contract Must Be Supported by Fresh Consideration” (September 2017), we discussed the ruling of the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) in Wu Kit Man v Dragonway Group Holdings Limited HCLA 15/2016, where the CFI held that amendments to an existing employment contract were unenforceable due to lack of […]

5 Times when the Non-Compete Clauses in your Employment Contract Probably Aren’t Enforceable

Reading Time: 3 minutesNon-compete clauses are quite common in employment contracts for certain industries in Singapore. They typically seek to restrict an employee’s right to engage in a similar occupation with a competitor for a period of time after the termination of the employment contract. However, what many employers who include such clauses are not aware of is […]

Australia: Hiring casual employees – a warning issued to employers by the Federal Court

Reading Time: 5 minutesDetermining whether to classify employees as casual or permanent is a significant decision for any employer. When making such a determination, employers must give consideration to the nature and continuity of work to be undertaken by the employee and the viability of paying casual loading – an amount typically 25% higher than an employee’s base […]

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What do you need to know about Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) in Singapore?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIt’s not rare to keep valuable, or even potentially embarrassing information under wraps. In fact, it should be the norm. In early 2017, as the South Korean technology company, Samsung, began to roll-out its new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, local online media outlet, Mothership, reported that a Singaporean man was asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement […]

ASEAN Employment Legal Update 2018 Q.4

Reading Time: 11 minutesDFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues and preparing human resources documentation that is compliant with local laws.  Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries where we operate allows us to provide specialized, tailored, and practical advice on issues that arise in […]

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Employment Claims Tribunals to hear wrongful dismissal and salary-related claims from April 2019

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe story In 60 Seconds Proposed amendments to the Employment Act (“EA“) include the enhancement of the existing employment dispute resolution framework. This includes empowering the Employment Claims Tribunal (“ECT“) to adjudicate wrongful dismissal claims, in addition to salary-related disputes, with effect from 1 April 2019. Read with other tabled changes to the EA, the […]

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Changes to the Employment Act (2018 and beyond): What you need to know

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Employment Act (EA) is Singapore’s main labour law which provides the basic terms and working conditions for all employee. On 5th March this year, the Ministry of Manpower announced plans to expand the fundamental coverage of the EA. This was a response to a fast-changing workforce where the number of PMETs (professionals, managers, executives […]

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5 Things to Know for Part-time Workers in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesNowadays, part-time employees constitute an important section of the workforce. People may choose to work part-time due to various reasons: more leisure time, better work-life balance, a transition to full-time jobs. Employers, on the other hand, may also prefer part-time workers for higher flexibility and lower employment costs. Thus, to protect your right as a […]

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Top 5 Contract Tips for An Esports Player

Reading Time: 4 minutesSo, you are considering upping your game in Esports and joining a team.  Short of having your own lawyer, what are some of the top five things for you to consider from a legal perspective? In this first of a two part series, video games and entertainment lawyer Adrian Kwong shares his views of some […]

I’m a foreign worker in Singapore. Where can I seek help?

Reading Time: 6 minutesLegal help for foreigners in Singapore: The Story In 60 Seconds While foreigners may not qualify for legal aid in Singapore, there are still a few avenues for legal assistance. One key element in this support is a free legal clinic, where you may have a brief consultation with a lawyer for little or no […]