Tuesday, 7 May 2019

08:30 AM


09:00 AM


Australian Focus

  1. Gain a general understanding of workplace relations law in Australia, including the types of claims against employers that often arise.
  2. Understanding the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and its key policy objectives.
  3. Understanding the role of labour hire within the Australian employment context and steps undertaken to regulate this industry.
  4. Managing employee transfers during M&A.
  5. Understanding the industrial context in Australia and key obligations concerning collective bargaining.
  6. Understanding the anti-discrimination and the harassment legislative context in Australia. 

Stephen Trew
Managing Partner,
Holding Redlich

09:40 AM


Japan Outlook

  • 1. Brief overview of Japanese labour laws
    – Key regulations employers should know.
    – Strict regulations governing dismissal of an employee in Japan – what should employers be aware of when they decide to dismiss their employee?
    – How to manage temporary staff and contract workers.
    2. Updates concerning the recent amendments: “Work-Style Reform” in Japan (2019)
    – What are the key amendments and how do they impact employers?
    – What should employers do to comply with these changes
    3. Handling labour disputes in Japan
    – Characteristics of employment disputes in Japan.
    – How should employers prepare for and manage disputes?

Shunsuke Domon
Senior Associate,
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

10:20 AM


10:50 AM


South Korea Landscape

South Korea is known for its long, arduous working hours. In the latest effort to improve the quality of work-life balance for its workforce, the local government has introduced various measures. This session will outline these key changes, and how employers can effectively navigate the complexities, and avoid costly disputes.

  1. Reduced workweek limit and increased minimum wage: how companies can flexibly arrange working hours to ensure productivity and still stay compliant
  2. Lessons learnt from recent cases on wage disputes in South Korea
  3. Designing sound compensation and benefit strategies for local employees
  4. Strengthening relationships with labour unions
    – Mitigating the risks of labour strikes and wage disputes
    – Managing the union’s demands during collective bargaining
  5. Handling employee discipline and termination: doing homework on due diligence

KIM Sung Jin

11:30 AM


Protecting your Company's Trade Secrets in the Age of Digital Advancement

  1. Defining “intellectual property & trade secrets”
  2. Legal principles, and the applications
  3. Protecting your trade secrets when the non-compete clause is not enforceable by law
  4. What HR can do to enhance the protective measures for company’s trade secrets
  5. Recent dispute case studies
    – What HR can do to manage breaches
    – Obtaining and using evidence that complies with employee data privacy policy

Jonathan Kok
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing

12:00 PM


01:00 PM


Malaysia Highlights

With the new government onboard, Malaysia Human Resources Ministry is planning several significant revisions of labour laws, to make them more relevant to the current economy. It’s time for foreign employers to stay prepared for the major upcoming updates to successfully boost the overall productivity.

  1. Budget Malaysia 2019 – What HR and employers need to know?
    – Review on the impact of Employee Insurance Scheme 2019
    – Taking advantage of the tax rebate for employing staff in specific categories
  2. Understand the government efforts in upskilling the workforce
  3. Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2018:
    – How companies can curb the risk of corporate offence and corruption to avoid heavy liability
    – How HR can conduct investigations
  4. Dealing with misconduct and poor performance
  5. Managing redundancy, retrenchment and constructive dismissal

Melinda Marie D’ Angelus
Azmi & Associates

01:40 PM


Deliver through Diversity: Fighting Workplace Unconscious Bias

Corporate Diversity and Inclusion has recently been of high priority for leading employers. Beyond just a good-to-have workplace policy, diversity does drive company financial performance, enhance the company’s ability to attract top talent, improve customer satisfaction, achieve the desired business outcomes.

However, before reaching a true diversified workplace, unconscious bias and workplace discrimination are the key hindrances that are worth fighting.

  1. Assessing the case of unconscious biases in your company
  2. Discussing the gender pay gap issues
  3. Implementing training programs: how to achieve optimal outcomes?
  4. Tailoring policies to fit local workforce culture?

Roslina Chai
Managing Director, 
Catalyse Consulting

02:10 PM


Hong Kong Highlights

Starting from May 2019, Hong Kong’s statutory minimum wage will increase by 8.7%. This session will outline the pivotal changes in Hong Kong labour legislation in 2019 that should be on an employer’s radar.

  1. Legislative updates in recent changes of Hong Kong labour law
    – Impending changes in labour protection and regulations on standard working hours and enhanced parental leaves
  2. “MPF offsetting arrangement” will be soon abolished: How can employers budget for severance payment and long service payment with less government support?
  3. Stricter discrimination law: how employers can integrate into internal policies to avoid any discrimination claims
  4. The unenforceable non-compete clauses in Hong Kong: what else employers can do to protect the company’s interests
  5. Recent cases on employment disputes: how employers can mitigate the risks to avoid costly litigation

Russell Bennett
Tanner De Witt Solicitors

02:50 PM


3:20 PM


Workplace Internal Investigations: Equipping HR Professionals with the Right Tools

When handling any corporate disciplinary matters, be it in managing misconduct cases or doing due diligence prior to termination, HR professionals need to follow a thoroughly compliant internal investigation process.

Though many misconduct cases are not constituted as a crime, their complexity, and legal boundaries can confuse non-legal HR professionals. Thus, by understanding the rights and obligations properly will help HR be more proficient and confident in managing tough cases, and achieve both fairness and effectiveness.

  1. Meaning of Internal Investigations
  2. Types of scenarios requiring Internal Investigations
  3. When is misconduct a crime? What to do then?
  4. Reporting a criminal offense? When and how?
  5. Who should handle Internal Investigations?
  6. Practical case studies, lessons, and tips

Billy Huang
RHT Forensics & Dispute Advisory

03:50 PM


Replicating Success and Accelerating the Growth of Overseas Workforce

  1. What are the critical success factors to optimize the overseas workforce? How to strengthen collaboration across offices?
  2. How to benchmark your international HR strategies (with regards to hiring, compensations and rewards, employer branding, etc.) to build strong overseas talent pipeline?
  3. Key consideration factors to balance the employer’ rights and obligations to manage complex employee relations matters
  4. Attaining a strong employer branding across regional offices

Vernon Voon
Partner, Co-Head of Employment Practice,
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing

04:20 PM


"Ask a Lawyer"

05:20 PM



“Very relevant topics, Thanks!"
APAC HR Director
“A very effective program. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to get a fairly good understanding of labour regulations"
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