Asia Employment Law Congress 2017
Strengthening HR’s legal competencies to fight risk, stay compliant while protecting business interest

13 - 14 June 2017 | Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Asia Employment Law Congress 2017

Get a timely understanding of the complex workplace legislation with 15 APAC country-specific topics that impact how you do business
Dive deep into 6 customised “Ask-a-lawyer” consultation slots at exclusive HR Legal Clinic to clarify your top legal employment concerns and find your customised solutions
80% new speakers who are recognized at Top Legal500 across Asia

Asia Employment Law Congress 2017 provides you with the latest employment law updates, best practices for compliance and regulatory issues including termination management, anti-discrimination, hiring and firing across APAC region to help you fight litigation risk, stay compliant while protecting business interest.

Themes to be explored: 
  • APAC Labour law amendment updates
  • Termination and retrenchment 
  • Non-competition agreement
  • Poor performance management
  • Personnel transfer and work visas
  • Employee surveillance & investigation
  • Trade unions handling and practical tripartite guidelines
  • Post-termination restraints
  • Hiring and recruitment compliance
  • Anti-discrimination and non-sexual harassment workplace
  • Data Privacy compliance
  • Minimum wages and overtime pay
Conference highlights: 
  • The whole region was concerned which was excellent. Excellent, clear and generous with examples! - Johnson & Johnson Medical
  • Highly informative and highly experienced speakers – Barclays Singapore
  • Great networking, good practical information – Rutherford Global Power
  • Latest content on the development and new employment laws. Great to lawyers as speakers and covering 12 countries. Cover key hot topics and tops to get around certain challenges – SPE Networks
  • Informative and interactive – providing varying situational questions from practitioners and peers – Raffles Education Corporation

Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Grant Spooner
Managing Director, Employment... Accenture Read More
Goh Seow Hui
Partner - Employment Practice... Bird & Bird Read More
Laure de Panafieu
Head of Employment &... Linklaters Read More
Julia Gorham
Partner, Head of Employment –... DLA Piper Read More
Akiko Yamakawa
Partner Freshfields Bruckhaus... Read More
Donovan Cheah
Partner Donovan & Ho Read More
Brendon Carr
Senior Foreign Legal Consultant Gangnam LLP Read More
Sui Lin Teoh
Partner Rajah & Tann Read More
Karen Mitra
Senior Associate Ashurst Read More
Jonathan Isaacs
Head, China Employment Practice Baker & McKenzie Read More
Susie Beaumont
Foreign Legal Consultant Hadiputranto, Hadinoto... Read More
Howard Shiu
Partner Baker & McKenzie Read More
Vikram Shroff
Head, HR Laws Nishith Desai Associates Read More
Kenneth Chua
Partner Quisumbing Torres (a... Read More
Giles T. Cooper
Partner & Branch Director Duane Morris Vietnam Read More
Rory Lang
Senior Associate Duane Morris &... Read More
Jeffrey Tan
Former Head of Industrial... National Trades Union... Read More

Sponsors and Partners

Agenda

8:30 am

Registration and Coffee

8:50 am

Opening Remark by Chairperson

Speaker(s) of this session
Grant SpoonerManaging Director, Employment Law Lead APACAccenture
9:00 am

Opening HR Panel Discussion

Join the peer-led panel, which will highlight the changing dimensions of the employment law landscape across APAC.
  • Exploring the regions covered under the spectrum of regional HR
  • Highlighting latest top legal employment challenges that require immediate attention in the abovementioned regions
  • Advice for regional HR professionals to stay up to date and knowledgeable in their respective regions
Speaker(s) of this session
Jeffrey TanFormer Head of Industrial RelationsNational Trades Union Congress
Kelly SwannHead of Employee & Labour Relations Asia PacificJohnson & Johnson
9:20 am

[APAC Landscape] Practical Framework to Handle Performance Management, Dismissals and Post Termination Restraints to Effectively Protect Business Interests

  • The traps of employee dismissals across the region: key issues employers should be aware of when dealing with under-performance issues across the region, recent court decisions employers should bear in mind to mitigate the risk of wrongful/unfair dismissal claims and pre-emptive steps and measures HR/ Legal departments can put in place to manage dismissals more effectively
  • Protecting your company’s business interests from departing employees: key issues employers should consider when seeking to enforce post-termination restrictive covenants and the pitfalls around employee surveillance, practical tips and dos & don’ts employers should bear in mind in the context of digital investigations and the region’s evolving data privacy landscape
Speaker(s) of this session
Laure de PanafieuHead of Employment & Incentives, AsiaLinklaters
10:00 am

[China Insights] Navigating China’s Ever-Changing Employment Regulations

  • Terminations and redundancies: getting it right – how to prepare for and successfully implement collective dismissals
  • Handling employee transfers during M&A activities: issues, risks and resolution frameworks
  • When and how to conduct an HR audit to identify emerging problems in advance and avoid litigation risks
  • Handling litigation and disputes: due diligence to avoid the pitfalls
Speaker(s) of this session
Jonathan IsaacsHead, China Employment PracticeBaker & McKenzie
10:40 am

Morning Refreshment and Networking Break

11:10 am

[Singapore Spotlight] The Great HR Imperative in 2017: Rethinking your Organisation’s Existing HR Practices in Light of Recent Developments in the Singapore Employment and Labour Law Landscape

As labour regulation tightens in the labourcompetitive city-state, there is a critical need for HR leaders to rethink and redesign existing HR practices to enable the organisations to stay compliant with the laws while maintaining their edge for attracting talent.
 
  1. Retrenchment and termination management
  • Mastering the “Tripartite Guidelines”
  • How to implement a retrenchment exercise “responsibly”
  • Meeting the regulator’s expectations
  • Identifying the legal and practical challenges
  • Understanding the risks of non-compliance
  • Discussion of a recent case study
  1. Protection of business interests through the enforcement of post-terminavtion restrictive covenants
  • The legal pitfalls concerning the enforcement of restrictive covenants
  • What is protectable, and what is not
  • Useful alternatives to restrictive covenants
  • Discussion of recent case law
Speaker(s) of this session
Goh Seow HuiPartner - Employment Practice GroupBird & Bird
11:50 am

[Hong Kong Highlight] Changing Businesses: Staff Restructuring for Efficiency and Data Privacy Fraud & Compliance Practices

This session will provide an update on Hong Kong law best practices and commercial approaches to workforce restructuring in the current economic climate. In addition, it will look at Hong Kong data privacy compliance including minimizing complaints under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and top tips for combating data privacy fraud and breaches.
 
  • Case Studies: Safeguarding employee data privacy and minimizing employee breaches and cyber security fraud
  • Balancing business legitimate interests with employee data privacy compliance
  • Forward planning for the restructuring process: legal advice and practical guidance on headcount and benefits restructuring
Speaker(s) of this session
Julia GorhamPartner, Head of Employment – AsiaDLA Piper
12:30 am

Lunch Break

1:30 pm

[Japan Outlook] Is Termination Difficult in Japan?

  • “Lifetime employment” and termination in Japan
  • Termination of poor performers and the importance of performance management
  • How to manage redundancies
  • Termination for misconduct
  • Practical ways to manage risks
  • Characteristics of employment litigation in Japan
  • Recent labour reform discussions relating to termination and dispute resolution
Speaker(s) of this session
Akiko YamakawaPartnerFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Tokyo
2:10 pm

[Thailand Landscape] Understanding the New Labour Protection Act, and Cultivating Termination Best Practices

  • An update on the new provisions of the law and their impact on employers 
  • Understanding employer’s key obligations prior to and during termination process 
  • Preparing strategic solutions and fair severance packages to ensure the smooth separation process 
  • Risks of post-termination litigation for employers, the process and the Court's discretion 
 
Speaker(s) of this session
Sui Lin TeohPartnerRajah & Tann
2:50 pm

[Indonesia Corner] Work Permits & Visas, Managing Poor Performers & Terminations and Different Types of Leaves

  • Update on work permit & visa requirements in Indonesia
  • How to manage poor performers in Indonesia and particular things to look out for
  • Understanding the difficulties in terminating employees in Indonesia and how to expedite the settlement process and avoid costly litigation
  • Explanation of the many leave entitlements in Indonesia and how to manage them
Speaker(s) of this session
Susie BeaumontForeign Legal Consultant Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners - Jakarta, Indonesia (Member firm of Baker & McKenzie)
3:30 pm

Afternoon Break and Networking Session

4:00 pm

[Malaysia Landscape] Understanding the Malaysia Employment Legal Landscape to Seize Local Workforce Advantages

  • Managing misconduct and poor performance in the workplace
  • Termination of employment : common pitfalls and consequences
  • Sexual harassment complaints: what are employers’ obligations?
  • Protecting your business interests when noncompetition clauses are unenforceable
Speaker(s) of this session
Donovan CheahPartnerDonovan & Ho
4:40 pm

“Ask-A-Lawyer” – HR Legal Clinic A

Each delegate will be granted 3 customised 25-minute consultation slots of your choices, out of the total 6 country-specific roundtables. Prepare your top challenges to deep dive into the expert-led discussions and find your customised solutions.
 
Grab this exclusive opportunity of the carefully designed legal consultation corner with top-notch employment legal experts in their respective jurisdiction.
Speaker(s) of this session
Donovan CheahPartnerDonovan & Ho
Susie BeaumontForeign Legal Consultant Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners - Jakarta, Indonesia (Member firm of Baker & McKenzie)
Sui Lin TeohPartnerRajah & Tann
Akiko YamakawaPartnerFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Tokyo
Julia GorhamPartner, Head of Employment – AsiaDLA Piper
Goh Seow HuiPartner - Employment Practice GroupBird & Bird
Jonathan IsaacsHead, China Employment PracticeBaker & McKenzie
Laure de PanafieuHead of Employment & Incentives, AsiaLinklaters
5:55pm

End of Congress Day One

8:30 am

Registration and Coffee

9:00 am

Opening Remark by Chairperson

Speaker(s) of this session
Grant SpoonerManaging Director, Employment Law Lead APACAccenture
9:10 am

Speed Networking

9:20 am

[Taiwan Outlook] Gaining Legal Knowledge of Taiwan’s Employment Workforce: Exploring the Amended Labour Standard Act, New Data Protection Law, and the Employment Termination Procedure

  • An update on Amended Labour Standards Act (2016)
  • Managing the new leave categories to avoid impacts on business operations
  • Handling enforceable overtime pay in Taiwan: special arrangements and exemption
  • Practical case studies on handling termination in Taiwan
  • Managing industrial relations to pre-empt unexpected disputes
  • Strengthening data privacy policies with the Personal Data Protection Act
Speaker(s) of this session
Howard ShiuPartnerBaker & McKenzie
10:00 am

[The Philippines Focus] Staying Aware of Philippines Local Employment Environment to Capture Advantages and Optimise Productivity

  • An update on Philippines Labour Code’s key attributes
  • Contracting/outsourcing and employment management: Distinguishing various employment types to clearly define labour bligations
  • Understanding local HR compliance best practices on employment benefits, allowances and welfare to attract and retain talent
  • Managing poor performance and exploring disciplinary remedies to optimise productivity and remain compliant
  • Enhancing co-operative tripartite relationships with local unions to receive necessary support
Speaker(s) of this session
Kenneth ChuaPartnerQuisumbing Torres (a member firm of Baker Mckenzie international)
10:40 am

Morning Refreshment and Networking Break

11:10 am

[Vietnam Insights] Navigating the New Employment Law Landscape in Vietnam: Internal Trade Union, Labour Law Amendment and Work Permit Eligibility

Foreign companies operating in Vietnam will experience the upcoming labour changes effective in 2017. These changes, coupled with the local legal environment in Vietnam, require regional HR leaders to stay prepared.
 
  • Preparing for the proposed labour law amendment– exploring the opportunities and risks for employers
  • Facing the ’trade union question’: which way to turn?
  • Understanding work permit regulations to effectively manage personnel mobility
  • “Transferring employees” between rep offices and legal entities
Speaker(s) of this session
Giles T. CooperPartner & Branch DirectorDuane Morris Vietnam
11:50 am

[Korea Perspective] Understanding South Korea’s Legal Employment System: Recent Amendments, Challenges and Corresponding Advice

  • Understanding Korea’s Labour Standard Act and other key labour laws to ensure compliance
  • Complying with restrictive data privacy laws to avoid legal claims: what are the employer’s obligations?
  • Handling tripartite and trade unions in Korea: Pragmatic approaches to sustain business operations
  • Understanding the standard practices on termination and redundancy in Korea
Speaker(s) of this session
Brendon CarrSenior Foreign Legal ConsultantGangnam LLP
12:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm

[Myanmar Snapshots] Employment Regulations: an Insider’s Guide for Foreign Employers

  • Avoiding common pitfalls in employment contracts: drafting and registering the correct agreement
  • Complying with complex overtime pay and minimum wage requirements: how to stay compliant and keep costs down
  • Termination management: practical and legal strategies for foreign employers
  • Hiring tips in Myanmar
Speaker(s) of this session
Rory LangSenior AssociateDuane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar)
2:10 pm

[Australia Focus] Staying Updated on Australian Labour Law

  • Recent Australian legislative changes, including the new Registered Organisations Commission / registered organisation whistleblower provisions
  • New concept of domestic / family violence leave
  • Regulation of labour hire: current and anticipated developments
  • Labour mobility and the impacts of the Australia–Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
Speaker(s) of this session
Karen MitraSenior AssociateAshurst
3:20 pm

[India Overview] Understanding the Employment Laws to Mitigate Risks & Align with Best Practices

  • Updates on India’s labour laws & common myths
  • Workmen v. non-workmen - how to differentiate & deal?
  • Use & misuse of contract workers
  • Outsourcing processes in India: exploring practical considerations
  • Staying stringent with new sexual harassment law
  • Dealing with employment termination in India & best practices
  • Enforcing post-termination restrictions
  • Proposed reforms & what to expect in the future
Speaker(s) of this session
Vikram ShroffHead, HR LawsNishith Desai Associates
4:00 pm

“Ask-A-Lawyer” - HR Legal Clinic B

Each delegate will be granted 3 customised 25-minute consultation slots of your choices, out of the total 6 country-specific roundtables. Prepare your top challenges to deep dive into the expert-led discussions and find your customised solutions.
 
Grab this exclusive opportunity of the carefully designed legal consultation corner with top-notch employment legal experts in their respective jurisdiction.
Speaker(s) of this session
Vikram ShroffHead, HR LawsNishith Desai Associates
Rory LangSenior AssociateDuane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar)
Brendon CarrSenior Foreign Legal ConsultantGangnam LLP
Giles T. CooperPartner & Branch DirectorDuane Morris Vietnam
Kenneth ChuaPartnerQuisumbing Torres (a member firm of Baker Mckenzie international)
Howard ShiuPartnerBaker & McKenzie
5:15 pm

Closing Remarks by Chairperson

5:30 pm

End of Conference

About the Conference

Amidst the economic downturn, various corporates are facing unavoidable mass redundancy and termination cases. It is significant for the employers to get the process right to avoid costly litigation. Besides, the pro-employees movement brings forward various labour law amendment across Asia namely Singapore New Employment Claims Tribunal, Hong Kong Revised Guidance for Personal Data Privacy, and Taiwan Labour Standards Act. How do we ensure staying aware of these legal nuances?

Those changes present a variety of legal challenges to be added on regional HR’s radar:

  • How Singapore, as Asia regional hub, can ensure its regional employers to remain up to date with dynamic employment laws? 
  • What are the best practices to handle unavoidable mass retrenchment and termination cases?
  • What are the non-competition clauses in practices to protect business interests?
  • How the rising mobile workspace can ensure cyber security, and data compliance to protect the business intelligence?
  • What are the practical industrial relation strategies to manage labour union and avoid unexpected disputes?

The event will be able to address compliant concerns with refresh perspectives and effective approaches, being backed by hands-on case studies from legal experts.

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Featured Speakers

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Grant Spooner
Managing Director, Employment...
Accenture
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Goh Seow Hui
Partner - Employment Practice...
Bird & Bird
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Laure de Panafieu
Head of Employment &...
Linklaters
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Julia Gorham
Partner, Head of Employment –...
DLA Piper

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