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In a recent press release, the Securities and Futures Commission published details, FAQs, and application forms for the new grant scheme to subsidise the expenses incurred by Open-ended Fund Companies successfully incorporated in, or re-domiciled to, Hong Kong.

Over a year into the global pandemic, businesses have had to pivot to survive and adjust to new ways of conducting business. Now, more than ever, Asia Pacific business leaders are making the necessary strategic changes to meet the needs of a vastly changed business landscape — and deciding where legal expertise may be needed most to limit and manage disruption and soften risks. This report will delve into how businesses view rising protectionism, regulatory scrutiny and foreign investment restrictions, and how these views are directly impacting their supply chain strategies.

Our Asia Pacific Employment & Compensation Team is pleased to provide you with our first quarterly update for 2021 highlighting key employment law changes across the Asia Pacific region. Please feel free to visit our Building a New Workforce Reality and FutureWorks sites designed to guide global employers on how to future-proof your workforce and to stay competitive in innovating and revolutionizing your working practices.

Shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders have been prevalent throughout the United States since March 2020 as state and local governments have sought to protect their citizens from the spread of the COVID-19 virus while at the same time reopen their economies in accordance with phased reopening plans. Keeping abreast of the evolving nature of these orders and plans as the spread of the virus continues to evolve is critical to the functioning of all businesses throughout the country.

Key developments reflected in this week’s update include extension of state-wide orders and/or the duration of the current phase of their reopening plans for Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and South Carolina. While California, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington eased restrictions and/or advanced to the next phase of their reopening plan.