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Employment law in Asia can vary from being practically non existent to being very complex. This means managing a workforce that operates across Asia can be extremely challenging. The difficulty for those charged with the responsibility for implementing good human resources practice and ensuring workplace law compliance across Asia is knowing these types of differences and when they matter. Managing this complexity can also be extremely time and resource intensive. Freehills' Employee Relations – Asia provides a dedicated 'one-stop-shop' for workplace legal and strategy advice across the region and has built a network of trusted lawyers across Asia. The group covers all areas of workplace law and strategy across the region, including: employment aspects of corporate transactions - restructure, outsourcing and redundancy issues, offshoring to Asia; reviewing employment contracts and policy; drafting employment contracts and managing termination issues; expatriate employment issues; workplace risk management; industrial relations; and training.

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Guidelines Released on the Re-employment of Older Workers in Singapore

The Singapore government intends to introduce re-employment legislation to take effect on 1 January 2012. The Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers was charged with the task of working through the practical aspects of the re-employment legislation and producing guidelines for employers. The guidelines were finalised following a round of public consultation in late 2009.

The guidelines are not legally binding. Rather, they are intended to assist employers and employees to prepare for the implementation of the re-employment legislation in 2012. The guidelines identify good re-employment practices that employers are encouraged to adopt in advance of the legislation coming into effect.

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Contributors: George Cooper, Partner, and Celia Yuen, Senior Associate
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