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  1. A bad competition law could be worse than no law at all

    Posted May 09th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Opponents of Hong Kong's proposed competition law are warning that the planned legislation may do more harm than good. They say the regulatory regime created by the new law will stifle business with bureaucracy, add to companies' costs and lack accountability. They warn it will be vulnerable to political interference and hijacked by vested interests. ...

  2. Common-law wife gets 40pc of HK$181m estate

    Posted Jul 27th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... A family fight over the remains of a HK$181 million fortune has been settled. Mr Justice Jeremy Poon Shiu-chor in the Court of First Instance granted an injunction preventing the beneficiaries of the estate of Choy Ching-ming, who died in 1996, from issuing instructions that would see any reduction of the 40 per cent share of Ng Kwan-ying, Choy's common-law wife of 12 ...

  3. Law experts urge universal electoral model

    Posted Oct 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Experts in public law are urging the government to honour its commitment that the electoral model it eventually adopts will conform to international definitions of universal suffrage. The University of Hong Kong's faculty of law, public policy group the Professional Commons and Justice, the Hong Kong section of the International Commission of Jurists, ...

  4. I did not use the word 'fire', says Fanny Law

    Posted May 18th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Gooch, Polly Hui

    ... Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, former permanent secretary for education and manpower, yesterday switched from saying 'no recollection' to a definite 'no' when asked if she ... internal affairs, said Mrs Law had testified on Wednesday she did not remember asking Magdalena Mok Mo-ching during a phone call in December 2003 to fire then-lecturer Ip Kin-yuen for writing ...

  5. We follow labour laws: McDonald's

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fast-food retailer McDonald's Guangdong said in a company statement yesterday it always abided by labour laws and regulations and paid employees according to standards set by law. 'As a responsible employer, we have always complied with relevant laws and regulations ... and provide employees with salaries in line with related rules of the country,' it said. ...

  6. 2007 hailed as fruitful year for landmark laws

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei Focus on property, labour rights Experts hailed 2007 as a fruitful year for the mainland in the progress of legislation, with the introduction of a string of landmark laws aimed ... of legislators this year, which kicked off in March with the fifth and final plenary session of the 10th National People's Congress. The mainland will have about 230 laws coming into effect ...

  7. Law set for reform

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong has moved a step closer to becoming a regional centre for legal services, with the release of a long-awaited consultation paper on reforming the law on arbitration. The 314-page paper, released yesterday by the Department of Justice, proposes a more user-friendly law by unifying the regime for arbitration based on a United Nations-sanctioned ...

  8. Lift firm denies attempt to duck labour law

    Posted Dec 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng International lift manufacturer Otis denied yesterday its wage plan was an attempt to skirt the labour contract law that takes effect next week. Huang Lei, of the company's public relations department, promised that employees who had worked for the company for at least 10 years would be offered open-ended contracts after the introduction of the new labour law. Ms ...

  9. Union issues warning on new labour law

    Posted Dec 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Choi Chi-yuk The All-China Federation of Trade Unions has warned employers they will face dire consequences if they try to evade their responsibilities under the new Labour Contract Law by coercing staff into accepting less favourable employment terms. The notice came after mainland companies were found to have rehired staff after first persuading them to leave their jobs. The law ...

  10. Private property gains equality in law

    Posted Oct 29th 2007, 12:00am by Li Qiang

    ... with Li Qiang Amidst the frenzy of the heated real estate market, the Chinese Property Rights Law came into effect at the beginning of the month. While much of the law purports to consolidate and reinforce property rights-related provisions that already exist in various mainland laws and regulations, the significance of the Property Rights Law in furthering the development ...




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