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    Hong Kong: Legislative Council Passes Bill to Extend Statutory Maternity Leave (Aug. 17, 2020) On July 9, 2020, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council passed the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019, which will increase the statutory maternity leave for female employees from 10 weeks to 14 weeks. The new measure was published as the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 (Amendment Ordinance) in the Government Gazette on July 17, 2020. The […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2020-08-17
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    Hong Kong: Court of Appeal Declines to Issue Sentencing Guidelines for Animal Cruelty Cases (Apr. 30, 2019) In a judgment dated April 4, 2019, Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal turned down a Department of Justice prosecutor’s request to increase punishments for an animal abuser and declined to issue sentencing guidelines for animal cruelty cases. (Chris Lau, Punishment for Animal Abuse Should Not Be Strengthened Say Hong Kong Judges, As […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2019-04-30
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    Hong Kong: Hong Kong Monetary Authority Issues Circular on Cryptoassets (Apr. 4, 2019) On March 18, 2019, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued a circular endorsing a statement on cryptoassets made by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS). In the Circular, the HKMA asks banks planning to engage in activities relating to cryptoassets to discuss them with the HKMA and demonstrate that they […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2019-04-04
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    Hong Kong: Government Revises Immigration Policy to Grant Same-Sex Partners Dependent Visa (Nov. 26, 2018) On September 18, 2018, the government of Hong Kong announced that its immigration policy on applications of nonlocal dependents to enter Hong Kong has been revised. As of September 19, 2018, “a person who has entered into a same-sex civil partnership, same-sex civil union, ‘same-sex marriage’, opposite-sex civil partnership or opposite-sex civil […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2018-11-26
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    Hong Kong: Court of Final Appeal Grants Same-Sex Partners the Right to a Dependent Visa (July 30, 2018) On July 4, 2018, Hong Kong’s highest court, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, issued a judgment that paves the way for the granting of dependent visas to same-sex partners. (Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, Press Summary: QT v. Director of Immigration, Hong Kong Judiciary Legal Reference website (last visited […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2018-07-30
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    China/Hong Kong/Macau: Penalization of Disrespect for National Anthem Under Tenth Criminal Code Amendment (Nov. 8, 2017) On November 4, 2017, that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted an amendment to the country’s Criminal Code to include criminal sanctions, including up to three years of imprisonment, for disrespecting the national anthem. (Amendment (10) to the Criminal Code of […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2017-11-08
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    ASEAN/Hong Kong: Negotiations Concluded on Free Trade and Investment Agreements (Oct. 13, 2017) On September 9, 2017, Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced that they had concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement. (Press Release, Hong Kong and ASEAN Conclude Free Trade Agreement Negotiations, Trade and Industry Department of the Government of the Hong Kong […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2017-10-13
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    Hong Kong: Draft Guidelines for Competition Ordinance Issued (Oct. 31, 2014) Hong Kong’s Competition Commission and Communications Authority jointly issued drafts of six guidelines for public comment. The guidelines, published on October 9, 2014, are proposals developed to go with the Competition Ordinance, passed by the Legislation Council on June 12, 2012. (Draft Guidelines Under the Competition Ordinance – 2014, Competition Commission website […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2014-10-31
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    Hong Kong: Dispute over Policy on Influx of Mothers from China Giving Birth in Hong Kong (Feb. 16, 2012) Leaders in Hong Kong have disagreed recently on how to handle the problem of expectant women from mainland China entering the city in an attempt to have their children born there, in order to qualify for the right of abode. Some lawmakers have suggested that the Basic Law, the constitution-like statute under […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2012-02-16
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    China; Hong Kong: Congo Assets Case Tests Sovereign Immunity (Sept. 1, 2011) On August 26, 2011, China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee unanimously affirmed an earlier decision of a Hong Kong court, declaring that companies cannot sue sovereign states to recover assets. (Sovereign States Get Legal Immunity in Hong Kong, VOICE OF AMERICA (Aug. 26, 2011); Zhao Yinan, Top Legislature Interprets HK Law, […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2011-09-01
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    Hong Kong: Minimum Wage Law Takes Effect (May 17, 2011) On May 1, 2011, Hong Kong's Minimum Wage Ordinance took effect; under it a HK$28 (about US$3.6) per hour minimum wage rate is enforced. (Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608), Hong Kong Department of Justice Bilingual Laws Information System (last visited May 11, 2011).) The Ordinance was passed by Hong Kong's Legislative Council […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2011-05-17
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    Hong Kong: Draft Guidelines on Disclosure of Inside Information (Mar. 30, 2011) On February 11, 2011, Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued consultative conclusions on proposed amendments to its Draft Guidelines on the disclosure of price-sensitive information, i.e., insider trading. (Consultation Paper on the Draft Guidelines on Disclosure of Inside Information [with Guidelines on Disclosure of Inside Information Draft in appendix] (Mar. […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2011-03-30
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    Hong Kong: Law on Pyramid Schemes to Be Updated (Oct. 28, 2010) On October 25, 2010, Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan, set forth a proposal to a panel of lawmakers to update the law on pyramid schemes. The current Hong Kong law states that such schemes “must involve the selling of goods or services by a participant,” […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2010-10-28
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    Hong Kong: Guidance on CCTV Surveillance Published (Aug. 10, 2010) On July 22, 2010, Hong Kong's Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) released a Guidance Note on the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) for surveillance purposes. Referring to the data protection principle for the collection of personal data set forth in the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, the Guidance […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2010-08-10
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    Hong Kong: Practice Note on Transfer Pricing Methodologies Issued (Dec. 9, 2009) The Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department issued Departmental Interpretation Practice Note No. 46, Transfer Pricing Guidelines – Methodologies and Related Issues, on December 4, 2009. According to HKIRD, the purpose of the Note “is to illustrate how the HKIRD would apply transfer pricing principles,” including in regard to resolution of disputes involving […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-12-09
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    Hong Kong: Disabled Student Takes Education Bureau to Court (Aug. 11, 2009) Tong Wai-ting, an 18 year-old student with a mild form of mental retardation, is asking the Hong Kong High Court to overturn a decision to end his enrollment in high school. The Education Bureau had made that determination based on an age limit for students; Tong considers that limit discriminatory. The case, […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-08-11
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    Hong Kong: Environmental Levy on Plastic Shopping Bags (July 17, 2009) Effective July 7, 2009, registered retailers in Hong Kong are no longer allowed to provide free plastic shopping bags for customers; for each plastic shopping bag requested by the customer, the retailers must charge an environmental levy of HKD0.50 (about US$0.065), as prescribed by the Product Eco-Responsibility (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulation. The […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2009-07-17
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    Hong Kong; Indonesia: Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement (May 2, 2008) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and the Republic of Indonesia signed the Agreement Concerning Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (MLA) on April 3, 2008. The agreement will facilitate international co-operation to combat serious crimes by providing for reciprocal assistance in relation to investigations, proceedings, and prosecutions of criminal […]
    • Contributor: White, Lisa
    • Date: 2008-05-02
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    Hong Kong: New Building Laws Proposed (Dec. 2, 2007) The Hong Kong Government has proposed an amendment to the Buildings Ordinance to introduce a system for the approval of minor works. Currently all building works (regardless of complexity) are subject to the same procedures. Under the Building (Amendment) Bill 2007, minor works will be classified into three categories (depending on scale, […]
    • Contributor: White, Lisa
    • Date: 2007-12-02
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    Hong Kong: Extension of Free Education (Nov. 2, 2007) The Hong Kong government announced on October 10, 2007, a new policy that will provide twelve years of free school education beginning from the 2008-2009 school year. (Policy Address, Education Advancement Outlined (Oct. 10, 2007), available athttp://sc.info.gov.hk/gb/www.news.gov.hk/en/category/atschool/071010/html/071010en02002.htm)
    • Contributor: White, Lisa
    • Date: 2007-11-02