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Employers or managers may have to pay a high price for paying termination payments to dismiss an employee without any justification.

There is a recent case of a former officer from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) lodging a claim against the EOC at the Labour Tribunal due to unreasonable dismissal. The Tribunal decided that the EOC had beached the implied term of trust and confidence under the Employment Ordinance. It imposes reciprocal obligations on the employer and the employee not to, without reasonable and proper cause, conduct themselves in a manner calculated and likely to destroy or seriously damage the relationship of confidence and trust between them. The EOC lost the case and the former officer was awarded damages for breach of the implied term of trust and confidence, which was about HKD1.29 million.

What is Mutual Trust and Confidence under the Employment Ordinance? In this 3-hour online workshop, the speaker will talk about the implied terms and points to note for its legal principle.

Course Outline:
- What is Mutual Trust and Confidence under the Employment Ordinance?
- Under what circumstances, employers may breach the terms of Mutual Trust and Confidence?
- Consequences of breaching the terms of Mutual Trust and Confidence
- What else should we pay attention to upon termination of employment other than paying the termination payments under Employment Ordinance?
- Case study and discussion

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.


Cermain Cheung, Consultant, Oldham, Li & Nie

Cermain has been admitted to practise law in Hong Kong since 2009 and she obtained Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) from the University of Hong Kong.

Her practice focuses on start-up counselling, venture capital and private equity investment, mergers and acquisitions, cross border investments, and general corporate and commercial matters. 

She offers business-oriented and valued-added solutions on shareholding structuring and equity restructuring. She also has extensive lecturing experience.

Language Cantonese
Date and Time 2021/03/30 09:00 to 12:00
Venue This event will take place online via Zoom
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Janessa Cheng
Tel: 2823 1239
Fee Members @ HK$850 / Non-Members @ HK$1,050
+$50 for booking offline
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
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.
- No refund will be made for last minute cancellations or no-shows. If the booking is cancelled at least 7 days before the event, and in such cases the refund will be subjected to a 10% administration fee, or HK$100 deduction, whichever is higher.
- 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 cannot be used in conjunction with Chamber Coupons.
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