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Employees, contractors and the gig economy: Implications of employment status in Hong Kong

Date: 19 April 2017 (Wednesday)

Time: 8:00am - 9:30am

Venue: Eversheds, 21/F Gloucester Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

The ‘gig economy’ has led to an increase in new flexible working arrangements. These practices may be open to abuse, subject to legal challenge, or be misconstrued.

Employers are dealing with the conflict between trying to find innovative, fair ways to compete for 24/7 customer demand, and attracting talent who may not want full-time employment.

This briefing helps you to understand the traditional vs. alternative engagement models, the risks and legal obligations, and steps you can take to avert disputes and protect your employer brand.

Discussion will include:

  • terminology: employee, contractor, agency worker or self-employed?
  • key principles and tests: ‘personal service’, ‘mutuality of obligations’ and ‘control’
  • protections and entitlements
  • agency relationships and interns
  • test cases outside of Hong Kong – appreciating the global landscape
  • other risks and PR implications

To register, please email evershedsasia@eversheds.com

Places are limited so attendance will be confirmed prior to the event.


Innovative inclusion: Leading LGBTI examples of inclusive action

Date: 26 April 2017 (Wednesday)

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Venue: Eversheds, 21/F Gloucester Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a vibrant and active LGBTI and ally community. Many large scale and multinational employers are well aware of, and have already bought into, the business case for LGBTI inclusion.

Having accepted that LGBTI inclusion is great for employees (and for the bottom line) – what next? How can businesses embrace diversity in a way that works for them?

We have compiled a panel of trailblazers to discuss innovative examples in Hong Kong of businesses putting inclusion into practice – less of the ‘why’ and more of the ‘what’ and ‘how’. From Rainbow Lions, to a ground-breaking same sex marriage campaign #JUSTSAYYES, to establishing a legal sector network HKGALA, this promises to be an inspirational call to action. The panel will be moderated by Hannah Swift, Consultant at Eversheds specialising in employment law and a member of the Eversheds Hong Kong D&I committee.

Panellists include:

Annabelle Baker

Director of LUSH Asia Limited

Jack Guest

Diversity & Inclusion Lead at HSBC, and winner of the Community Business 2016 Award for LGBT inclusion champion

Wally Suphap

Vice President in Legal and Compliance at Morgan Stanley; Co-Founder and Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Attorneys Network (HKGALA). Finalist for the Community Business 2017 LGBT+ Inclusion Champion Award.

To register, please email evershedsasia@eversheds.com 

Places are limited so attendance will be confirmed prior to the event.