Latest by Sakshi Buttoo

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Hong Kong employment – Court of Appeal on interpretation of contracts and (3 – 0) on penalties

Published on 16 July 2021. By Andrea Randall, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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The Hong Kong Court of Appeal’s recent judgment (of three judges) in Law Ting Pong Secondary School v Chen [2021] HKCA 873 is an interesting judgment that: (i) summarises and applies the relevant principles of contractual interpretation; and (ii) found that a clause providing for termination by payment in lieu of a notice period does not engage the law on penalty clauses and, even if it does, such a provision is unlikely to be regarded as unenforceable (unless it is unconscionable or extravagant).

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Redundancy in Hong Kong – An employee's guide to the legal and practical considerations

Published on 07 July 2021. By Andrea Randall, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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In this article, we will consider an employee's rights in the event that they are told that their role is being made redundant. We will also examine the consequences of receiving notice of redundancy, offers of alternative employment and/or separation agreements, as well as claims an employee may commence against their employer as a result of their cessation of employment.

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Redundancy in Hong Kong – An employer's guide to the law, process and practical considerations

Published on 02 June 2021. By Andrea Randall, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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For a lot of companies, the last 18 months in Hong Kong has been undoubtably challenging. As a result of the uncertainties with the protests, lack of international travel and the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have been looking at making redundancies in order to survive.

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Redundancy – The law in Hong Kong

Published on 18 May 2021. By Andrea Randall, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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In the current climate, it is inevitable that some employers may have to contemplate making redundancies to trim overhead costs in order to survive. Many industries in Hong Kong have been heavily impacted by the pandemic, forcing employers to make difficult decisions in respect of business operations and the retention of employees.

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Employing workers in Hong Kong

Published on 22 April 2021. By Andrea Randall, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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Although Hong Kong’s employment laws are relatively straight forward and consistent with international norms, there are a number of unique provisions which companies employing workers in Hong Kong should be aware of.

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Reimbursement of Maternity Leave Pay Scheme in Hong Kong

Published on 12 April 2021. By Andrea Randall, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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Hong Kong's statutory maternity leave has been extended from 10 weeks to 14 weeks with effect from 11 December 2020. From 1 April 2021, the Hong Kong Government has started accepting applications to reimburse employers' payment in respect of the extended period of maternity leave.

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Upcoming changes to data protection legislation in Asia

Published on 22 December 2020. By Jonathan Crompton, Partner and Summer Montague, Partner and Stephanie Northcott, Registered Foreign Lawyer and Sumyutha Sivamani , Senior Associate and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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The data privacy landscape in Asia is varied, complex and evolving. We are already seeing the wheels of change in motion as the data privacy laws of several Asian jurisdictions are being updated to reflect more closely the European data protection regime. This article summarises some of those changes.

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COVID-19 – Hong Kong Courts set for phased reopening from May

Published on 23 April 2020. By Jonathan Crompton, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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On 22 April 2020, the Hong Kong Judiciary announced that the general adjourned period ("GAP") for court proceedings, which started on 29 January 2020, will end on 3 May 2020. Stressing that the health and safety of court users, the Judiciary's staff and Judges and Judicial Officers ("JJOs") remains paramount, the Judiciary will move to a phased reintroduction of general business.

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COVID-19 – Hong Kong Courts handling urgent and essential matters

Published on 09 April 2020. By Charles Allen, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

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On 8 April 2020, the Hong Kong Judiciary announced that the general adjourned period ("GAP") for court proceedings will continue until at least 3 May 2020. During the GAP, court registries and offices are, for the most part, closed. However, the GAP does not apply to "urgent and essential court hearings and/or matters".

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