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Hong Kong's battle with the fifth and most serious wave of the pandemic earlier this year has seen the roll out of various measures to curtail its spread. These included initiatives such as the "Vaccine Pass" scheme – which is in the third stage of implementation as of 31 May – governing access for designated premises.

More recently, changes have been made to the Employment Ordinance (Cap. 57) with the passing of the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2022, to address employment issues associated with Covid-19 prevention measures implemented by the Government. Noteworthy developments arising from such legislative amendments include empowering employers to dismiss an employee for refusing to be vaccinated in the absence of a medical waiver.

Join us on 28 July, when Michael Szeto, Partner from ONC Lawyers, will detail the key changes to Hong Kong's employment legislation, as well as its implications for employers and employees. He will also discuss such practical issues as:

•   Can employers require employees to take tests or be vaccinated?
•   Can employers dismiss unvaccinated employees?
•   Can employers dismiss employees who cannot come into the office because of mandatory lockdowns or compulsory home quarantine?
•   Can employees refuse to go to work in fear of contracting COVID-19? Can employers dismiss the employees concerned?
•   Can employees insist on "Work From Home"? Can employees refuse to attend work?
•   Can employers deduct employees' wages for absence from work?

For participants attending online, please refer to the following:
- Upon successful registration of the event, a unique webinar link will be sent to your registered email (attendee email) 2 working days before the event. Please refer to the troubleshooting guide here should you experience any issues in locating the webinar link.
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- Please log in 15 minutes (at 3:15 pm) before the event begins, through the link that will be sent to your registered email.

For participants attending in-person, please refer to the following:
- In-person attendance is open to HKGCC Members only.
- Seats are limited and available on a first come first served basis.
- Pre-registration for in-person attendance is required and the Chamber reserves the right to decline such an application.
- Attendees are required to scan the "Leave Home Safe" QR code on arrival at the Chamber and should wear a mask at all times. They are also subject to temperature checks.
- Attendees, who feel unwell are advised against in-person attendance at the Chamber. If attendees are required to undergo compulsory testing, please kindly bring along a negative PRC or RAT test result when attending physically.
- Food and beverages will not be provided.

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 is a litigation partner of ONC Lawyers and heads the firm's Employment practice. He has over 20 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 and human resource professionals.

Michael has been recognised as a Lexology Legal Influencer in Employment (Individual Expert) for Q1, Q3 and Q4 2021, and Q1 2022.

Language English
Date and Time 2022/07/28 15:30 to 16:30
Venue Online via Zoom (HKGCC Members & Non-Members) / In-person at Chamber Theatre (HKGCC Members only)
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Karen Au
Tel: 28231200
  • HK$ 120 for Members (Attend in Person (HKGCC members only))
  • HK$ 100 for Members / HK$ 200 for Non-Members (Online via Zoom)
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
+$50 for booking offline
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
Notes - Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of payment, on a first come first served basis.
- Booking transfer is allowed for corporate members with advanced notice, walk-ins are normally not accepted.
- The Chamber reserves the right to decline any booking or cancel the event. In such case, a full refund of the participation fee will be issued.
- The registration fee is non-refundable for this event.
- Members paying with their BOC HKGCC Visa Card will enjoy a 30% discount on their reservation. The discount is only applicable to the card holder, and does not extend to their guests. The discount can be used in conjunction with Chamber Coupons, although please kindly note that only one Chamber coupon can be used per event.
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