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Hong Kong's economy has shown some encouraging signs of improvement compared to last year, but the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has created inevitable repercussions on the city's employment market. Businesses large and small have engaged in cost reduction in some form or other as their revenue takes a hit – downsizing, as this is otherwise known.

When the need to make tough decisions, such as wage reductions and retrenchments, become unavoidable, how should a company address issues concerning the rights and interests of the employer and its employees?

For this webinar, we are delighted to have invited Michael Szeto, Partner at ONC Lawyers to join us for a detailed discussion on the key employment law issues which businesses are likely to face in the current economic climate, namely:

·   Can employers defer the payment of salaries?
·   Can employers reduce wages or change contractual terms?
·   Can employers request employees to take no pay leave?
·   Can employers dismiss employees without reason?
·   Can employers dismiss employees without notice or payment in lieu if they have performed poorly, failed to comply with internal policy, or breached their employment contracts?
·   When does dismissal of employees become unreasonable or unlawful?
·   Can employers dismiss a pregnant employee?
·   How can employers protect confidential information and trade secrets from being misused by departing employees?
·   How can employers prevent departing employees from poaching clients or joining competitors?

Participants can choose to attend virtually or in person. For those who are interested to attend in-person, please note that seats are limited. In-person participants will also be required to wear masks throughout the course of the event. To align with government regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, no refreshments will be provided at the event.

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Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.


Michael Szeto, Partner, ONC Lawyers

Michael has many years of experience in handling complex commercial dispute resolution, shareholders' and joint venture disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, debt recovery and mortgagee actions. He also routinely deals with regulatory actions and compliance matters under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Hong Kong listing rules and anti-money laundering laws and guidelines.  

On the employment side, Michael frequently advises on various contentious and non-contentious employment matters, covering contract reviews, termination disputes, injunctive relief, discrimination and harassment claims, data privacy matters, as well as advice on matters relating to team moves, remuneration packages and employee incentive schemes.

He is a frequent author of employment articles in industry publications and presenter to legal, human resource and other professionals. He has been recognized as Lexology Legal Influencer Q1 2021 in the Employment. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Employment Editorial Board of Lexis Advance® Hong Kong Practical Guidance.

Language English
Date and Time 2021/08/26 15:30 to 16:40
Venue Online via Zoom / In person at Chamber Theatre
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Karen Au
Tel: 28231200
  • HK$ 100 for Members / HK$ 200 for Non-Members (Online via Zoom)
  • HK$ 100 for Members / HK$ 200 for Non-Members (In person at Chamber Theatre)
+$50 for booking offline
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