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As part of our continued efforts to guide clients through these challenging times, the Asia Pacific Employment & Compensation Group brings you these recorded webinars which provide key and practical insights on employment and compensation trends and major challenges being faced by businesses across the region.

If you have questions or would like to know more about the topics discussed below, please reach out to your Baker McKenzie key employment contact or our lawyers listed below.

Employment & Compensation Webinars


Recording Asia Pacific Reopening Playbook: Keep Your Workforce Mobility Ready as the Borders Reopen
Broadcast date: 24 June 2020
Jurisdictions covered: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam
Speakers: Thuy Hang Nguyen, Miguel Galvez, Vivien Yu, Hanna Jung, Zhao Yang Ng
Recording The Next Normal in Asia Pacific
Broadcast date: 3 June 2020
Jurisdictions covered: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore
Speakers: Catherine Fitzpatrick, Hanna Jung, Zhao Yang Ng, Vivien Yu
Recording Employment Law Considerations for Reopening the Workplace (joint webinar with WBCSD)
Broadcast date: 26 May 2020
Jurisdictions covered: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore
Speakers: Michael Michalandos, Celeste Ang, Jonathan Isaacs, Tomohisa Muranushi, Emily Rayner, Vikram Shroff*
* Nishith Desai Associates, India
Recording COVID-19: Webinar: Managing Disruption and Change: Cost-Cutting Measures for Businesses
Broadcast date: 24 April 2020
Jurisdictions covered: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Speakers: Michael Michalandos, Jonathan Isaacs, Celeste Ang, Kenneth Chua, Emily Rayner, Zheng Lu, Alvira Wahjosoedibjo, Tomohisa Muranushi. Sujintana Mongkolthanit, Howard Shiu, Nam-Ake Lekfuangfu, Thuy Hang Nguyen
Recording COVID-19 Webinar: Key Employer Obligations and Data Privacy Implications
Broadcast date: 13 March 2020
Jurisdictions covered: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore
Speakers: Michael Michalandos, Jonathan Isaacs, Celeste Ang, Kenneth Chua, Emily Rayner, Ken Chia, Paolo Sbuttoni, Zheng Lu

FutureWorks Programme Webinars

The Asia Pacific FutureWorks programme focuses on delivering thought-provoking and practical content to employers on current issues, by collaborating with leaders in different fields of expertise.


Recording

Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace
Broadcast date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Speakers: Michael Michalandos, Emily Rayner, Zhao Yang Ng, Prof. Peter Gahan (University of Melbourne)
Recording The Future of Work after COVID-19: Building Flexibility into Your Workforce
Broadcast date: 29 June 2020
Speakers: Michael Michalandos, Zheng Lu, Adrian Lawrence, Prof. Peter Gahan (University of Melbourne)
Recording Protecting Minds in Uncertain Times: An Employer’s Guide to Securing the Mental Health of Their Workforce
Broadcast date: 11 May 2020
Speakers: Michael Michalandos, Celeste Ang, Dr. Andrew Stock (psychologist), Mark Dean (founder of enMasse)

Jurisdiction-Specific Webinars


Hong Kong
Recording Sugaring the Pill: Handling Employee Sickness Absences
Broadcast date: 10 July 2020
Speakers: Rowan McKenzie, Ken Ng, Emily Rayner, Venus Man, Katherine Tong

Recording

Reopening: A Returning Workforce in Hong Kong  – Key Employer Considerations
Date: 12 May 2020
Speakers: Rowan McKenzie, Ken Ng, Venus Man
Vietnam
Recording COVID-19 Webinar: What Vietnam Employees Need to Know
Broadcast date: 6 April 2020
Speakers: Thuy Hang Nguyen, Xuan Hung Pham

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Michael has more than 15 years' experience as an employment law and industrial relations lawyer, acting for clients in a range of industries, including banking and finance, insurance, health and pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, real estate, media and entertainment, information technology and professional services. He has developed and published compliance programs and best practice policies locally and within Asia Pacific. He is the author and a developer of CCH’s Employment Contracts Manager, a software package that builds and tailors smart employment contracts. He has also authored a large number of chapters in every edition of CCH’s Australian Master Human Resources Guide. Articles written by Michael on employment law topics have appeared in the Melbourne University Law Review, CFO Magazine, Human Capital, Lawyers Weekly, Human Resources, and CCH’s Employment Law Bulletin. He has also spoken at events arranged by the College of Law, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and various professional associations. He wrote and produced “Dismissal Impossible,” a training video on unfair dismissal and sexual harassment, for the Australian Stock Exchange. Michael regularly conducts employment-related litigation before State and Federal courts and industrial tribunals at an original and appellate level.

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Celeste Ang is a principal in Baker McKenzie's Singapore office. Celeste Ang’s practice encompasses corporate litigation and arbitration, both domestic and cross-border. She also has significant experience advising clients on compliance and regulatory issues in the context of investigations, and on a wide range of employment and employment-related issues. Celeste is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific in the areas of litigation and employment and by Chambers Global in the area of litigation. She is described as "very smart, very innovative - a good example of someone who thinks outside the box" and "very technically competent, very thorough and very responsive" by clients.

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Kenneth Chua is a partner and the head of Quisumbing Torres' Employment Practice Group. He is also a member of the Financial Institutions and Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Groups. He participates in initiatives of Baker & McKenzie International of which Quisumbing Torres is a member firm. He is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Employment & Compensation Steering Committee. He has 23 years of experience advising clients on various labor and employment issues, including compensation and benefits, employment contract and employee handbook. Kenneth serves as the legal counsel (representing Quisumbing Torres) for the Global In-House Center Council Philippines (GICC). He sits in the Tripartite Executive Committee and the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council of the Department of Labor and Employment as representative of the employer sector. He is consistently recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Employment by the Chambers Asia Pacific, Benchmark Litigation and asialaw profiles. He is ranked Hall of Fame in Employment by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is also among Asia Business Law Journal’s inaugural “A-List” of the Top 100 lawyers in the Philippines.

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Miguel Galvez is a partner in Baker McKenzie Philippines . His practice focus in immigration, commercial, criminal and administrative litigation, arbitration, anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance. With 14 years of experience, he has represented and advised various global and local clients in these areas. He has given various lectures in Mandatory Continuing Legal Education courses on the subject of immigration and remedial law. He has also lectured on the subject of anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance.

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Jonathan Isaacs heads Baker McKenzie's China Employment Practice. Mr. Isaacs is listed as a leading lawyer for China employment law in various legal publications and has shared insights on labor and employment issues with many publications and media outlets, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, Reuters, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Voice of America, RTHK, LA Times and Fortune Magazine. He has also co-authored the leading treatise on Chinese employment law in English, Employment Law & Practice in China. He is admitted as a lawyer in the state of New York, USA.

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Hanna Jung is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Australian Immigration team and a registered migration agent (MARN: 1278157).

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Nam-Ake Lekfuangfu is a partner of the Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Bangkok. He is experienced not only in employment laws but also, corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, environment and trade regulations. Over the past year, Nam-Ake was lead lawyer for a wide range of employment matters involving high profile clients. With his extensive legal knowledge, combined with insights on industrial knowledge and practices and Supreme Court rulings, Nam-Ake assists clients on employment and immigration works, ranging from day-to-day advice to complex matters, such as advising on employment trends impacting employers globally, including global mobility, the use of modern workforce and gender pay gap.

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Zheng Lu is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Shanghai office. She specializes in Employment & Compensation, International Labor & Human Rights, Employee Benefits & Equity Services, as well as Business Changes & Restructuring. She finished her JD in the University of Iowa, and is admitted to the Missouri Bar Association. Baker & McKenzie FenXun (FTZ) Joint Operation Office is a joint operation between Baker & McKenzie LLP, and FenXun Partners, approved by the Shanghai Justice Bureau.

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Tomohisa Muranushi is a member of the Firm's Corporate/M&A Practice Group in Tokyo and has eighteen years of legal experience working in Japan. He co-authored M&A Handbook on Conducting Business Practically and the Japan chapter on Cross-border Labour and Employee Benefits Handbook. Tomohisa has also worked at the San Francisco and Bangkok offices of Baker McKenzie.

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Ng Zhao Yang is a local principal in the Employment Practice Group of Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow in Singapore. He has over 10 years of experience advising regional and multinational clients on employment law and immigration matters in Singapore. He has been recognised as an “Up and Coming” individual by Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2023 in the Singapore Employment: Domestic category. Clients who spoke to Chambers described him as "an outstanding resource" and "Highly recommend(ed)." He is also recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 in the Singapore Labour and employment: Local firms category.

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Thuy Hang Nguyen is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Ho Chi Minh office and the head of the Employment and Labor practice in Vietnam. She joined the Firm in 2006 and has been involved in a wide range of practice areas in various investment projects. She has extensive experience in employment and labor law, and has advised on corporate and regulatory compliance issues in Vietnam, including mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment licensing, corporate and commercial matters. Ms. Nguyen is a leading authority and frequent speaker on employment and labor law in Vietnam and the Asia Pacific region.

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Paolo Sbuttoni is a special counsel in the Hong Kong office of Baker & McKenzie and a member of the firm's IT & Communications Practice Group. He focuses on technology agreements and transactions, e-commerce, telecommunications regulatory matters, and data privacy. Mr. Sbuttoni has presented on a number of topics relevant to his field including cloud computing contracts, data privacy, and social media

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Howard Shiu is a partner and member of the Employment Practice Group in Baker McKenzie, Taipei. He focuses on trust law and dispute resolution. He was recognized as a Notable Practitioner by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016.

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Loke-Khoon Tan is a senior partner of the award-winning IP & Technology Group in Hong Kong and China. He is currently on the Global Firm’s Steering Committee for the Consumer Goods & Retail (including Luxury and Fashion) Industry Practice and leads the Industry Practice in the AP region. He led the IP & Technology Group as Practice Group leader from 2005 to 2020. He is also the author of various IP publications including the trilogy of "Pirates in the Middle Kingdom: the Art of Trademark War" books. The 4th edition will be published in 2021. Loke-Khoon supports the Firm's Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee, focusing on LGBT+ in Asia. As an integral part of the Firm's Corporate Social Responsibility Program, the Committee has broad oversight for the strategic development and implementation of the Firm's diversity and inclusion activities. Loke-Khoon was complimented by the ranking and publications as: "The IP lawyer Loke-Khoon Tan at Baker McKenzie is incredibly responsive. With deep knowledge and legal expertise. He also has great communication and interactive skills." Loke-Khoon was named and awarded one of only four Stonewall Global Changemakers of the year for 2022, for his exceptional work on advancing global LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

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Vivien Yu is a registered foreign lawyer in the Firm’s Employment practice group based in Hong Kong. She has over 11 years of immigration law experience in Hong Kong and overseas. Vivien is a qualified solicitor and a Registered Migration Agent in Australia. She has been with Baker McKenzie for over 8 years, leading the Greater China Immigration practice since 2013. Vivien is a registered Migration Agent with the Australian Government's Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.