Issue 2: Second Quarter 2013 (as at June 2013)

Asia's legal and human resources advisors are often required to function across multiple jurisdictions. Staying on top of employment-related legal developments is important but can be challenging.

To help keep you up to date, Mayer Brown has produced the Asia Employment Law: Quarterly Review, an e-publication covering 15 jurisdictions in Asia. It will be updated once a quarter with the third quarter edition due out in September 2013.

In this second edition, we flag and provide comment on actual and anticipated employment law, policy and case law developments from the first half of 2013.

Q2 2013 Highlights

Hong Kong: The new HKEx board diversity policy and reporting requirements will come into effect on 1 September 2013.

India: The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 has come into effect.

Japan: The percentage of disabled employees required to be employed by employers of more than 50 people has gone up from 1.8 percent to 2 percent.

New Zealand: Significant changes are anticipated as a result of the Employee Relations Amendment Bill 2013 including that anyone, caregiver or otherwise, can ask for a Flexible Work Arrangement, from the first day of employment. Enhancements to trade union and collective bargaining rights are also expected.

Singapore: The first wholesale review of the 2008 Employment Act is underway with significant changes expected in early 2014. Also, a new government programme called WorkPro has been introduced to provide support to encourage economically inactive locals, including women and mature residents, to return to active employment. And effective 1 May 2013, the Ministry of Manpower launched the wide-ranging Marriage and Parenthood Package.