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Cambodia, Lao PDR & Myanmar During the Pandemic: Employers’ Consideration

As part of our continuing WSG Asia Pacific vlog series on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected employers and employees the Asia Pacific region, DFDL provides insight on measures employers have implemented to protect employees and minimize redundancy in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar. And, address procedures for remote and in-office work arrangements based on latest government and legislative changes.

WSG's Vlog series focuses on important topics in different regions, with member firms and expert leaders providing valuable insights and perspectives.

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Takeaways
  • The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare curbed employers’ rights to terminate or adjust employee terms of employment for Covid-related reasons.
  • The Lao PDR government asked its employees to work from home but without general regulatory guidance on employee rights or employer requirements.
  • Employees protected by the Labor Law included those pregnant or with a child under 1 year, workers’ representatives or if in employer legal disputes.
Takeaways
  • Employers had to establish “Occupational Health and Safety Committees” or “Covid-19 Committees” for appropriate health measures in the workplace.
  • To minimize redundancy, the government provided financial support to suspended employees in certain sectors (garment, textiles, footwear & tourism).
  • Remote work was encouraged if appropriate for employers and employees with general provisions of the Labour Law and regulations applied to employees.
Takeaways
  • To minimize redundancy, the government implemented financial & tax measures for manufacturing, small and medium enterprises, and the tourism sector.
  • The government created a relief fund and loans to Myanmar’s citizen-owned businesses. The Central Bank of Myanmar revised interest & lending rates.
  • Myanmar has no specific legal provisions on remote work but the government instructed employers to encourage employees to do so during the pandemic.

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Thailand During the Pandemic: Employers’ Consideration

As part of our continuing WSG Asia Pacific vlog series on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected employers and employees the Asia Pacific region, Kudun & Partners provides insight on measures employers have implemented to protect employees and minimize redundancy in Thailand. And, address procedures for remote and in-office work arrangements based on latest government and legislative changes.

WSG's Vlog series focuses on important topics in different regions, with member firms and expert leaders providing valuable insights and perspectives.

Relive the Experience

Takeaways
  • For employee financial assistance, Social Security and employer-related welfare funds contributions have been reduced or made exempt.
  • Thai government has not imposed any requirement on employers to implement a work from home policy. It is at the employer's discretion.
  • Under the Thai law, each terminated employee is entitled to at least a one-month termination notice.

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Taiwan During the Pandemic: Employers’ Consideration

As part of our continuing WSG Asia Pacific vlog series on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected employers and employees the Asia Pacific region, LCS & Partners provides insight on measures employers have implemented to protect employees and minimize redundancy in Taiwan. And, address procedures for remote and in-office work arrangements based on latest government and legislative changes.

WSG's Vlog series focuses on important topics in different regions, with member firms and expert leaders providing valuable insights and perspectives.

Relive the Experience

Takeaways
  • The government has provided financing assistance to certain industries most directly affected by the pandemic and expanded employee subsidies for unemployment reduction in work hours.
  • There are no new labor regulations that entitle employees to work from home and requests are thus handled at the employer’s discretion, line with the employer’s policies.
  • Taiwan is not an at-will jurisdiction, and unilateral termination of employment is only permitted in very limited situations.

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Hong Kong During the Pandemic: Employers’ Consideration

WSG is excited to launch a new Vlog series that focuses on important topics in different regions, with member firms and expert leaders providing valuable insights and perspectives.

The first in this Asia Pacific region series focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and measures employers have implemented to protect employees and minimize redundancy, along with procedures for remote and in-office work arrangements based on latest government and legislative changes.

Relive the Experience

Takeaways
  • Implemented various government sponsored employee subsidy schemes to protect employment and assist businesses to open without layoffs.
  • Recommended employers to implement policies for confidentiality, monitoring and occupational safety for remote working.
  • Required a vaccine pass allowing access to specified premises only to those vaccinated, this may mean unvaccinated employees who work in specified premises who cannot work remotely will need to be terminated.

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The Asia Pacific legal market is fast becoming one of the most dynamic on earth, with state-funded accelerators, a booming software vendor base and growing client demand for alternative legal services transforming the business of law. In this complimentary webinar sponsored by World Services Group, The Legal 500 asked what these changes mean for the region's general counsel.

Drawing on the insights from our recently published GC: In-House Technology in Asia Pacificspecial edition, we gathered together some of Asia Pacific's leading GCs and senior counsel, along with WSG member experts to address key questions in the adoption and use of legal tech.  

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Game changing technologies that will change the way we live, create new vertical industries, and have major impacts on society. 

These transforming times continue to be the foundation of the development of empowering technologies of the future. Listen to an exclusive presentation by Shara Evans, Top Futurist, and CEO at Market Clarity that explores how we are navigating and prioritizing changes expected from today’s current events.  

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Read how the TikTok case continues to address issues over data protection and security. And, why new risk policies are important to protect employers and employees who are working remotely in the current digital world we live in.

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Through the power of artificial intelligence (AI), marketers can create more engaging and meaningful client experiences than ever before. AI has only been available in the last decade or so and while the majority of B2B marketers still don't use AI, adoption is swiftly increasing. Stay ahead of the game and consider the following actions to enhance your marketing strategy and strengthen your client's relationship with your brand and firm story.

 

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Engagement on a consistent basis is the key to bringing value to both yourself and your WSG membership, as well as providing for a richer networking and learning environment.

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