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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Legislation on standard hours won’t solve problem of a long working day

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 06:10pm by SHIRLEY YUEN

    ... working day Standard working hours will not, we believe, alleviate the problem of excessively long hours, and legislation risks lowering the flexibility of the labour market, as well ... September (the latest figures available). This data clearly shows Hong Kong is suffering from a severe labour shortage, and stipulating standard working hours will only make it more difficult ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong needs standard working hours

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Healthy limit to work hours The long-awaited Labour Department report on standard working hours is a hefty 344 pages. It provides a wealth of information about ... and having inadequate time for family, friends and recreation. For the sake of continued high productivity and our city's well-being, we need standard working hours. Discussion has ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    For law on working hours, the devil is in the details

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan Bernard Chan says an inflexible approach could do more harm than good For law on working hours, the devil is in the details The debate on standard working hours will soon ... as half of workers in Hong Kong who do overtime are not properly compensated. When employers in low-value industries claim that standard working hours will cost them so many billions of dollars ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    High time for a law on standard working hours

    Posted May 15th 2013, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... SCMP Editorial Time for a law on working hours If the introduction of a minimum-wage law was a tough battle, the crusade for standard working hours may be more daunting. During the first ... the public and to meet every other month. Although the labour side wants to see the law enacted as soon as possible, the employers argue that "improvements" in working hours would ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong, city of trade, must not crack down on infant formula traders

    Posted Feb 07th 2013, 12:00am by ANDREW WORK

    ... Andrew Work Andrew Work says by trying to stop parallel traders making an honest living, Hong Kong is trampling on the work ethic that makes it great Nasty business Hong Kong became ... by poor immigrants from China working hard as traders, the antipathy for these people is a betrayal of who we are. Our government should not be complicit with these self-appointed victims ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Companies can't ignore work-life balance issues

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 12:00am by AMANDA YIK

    ... not raise concerns about work-life balance if they wanted to get ahead in their company. This was despite the fact that the discussion around standard working hours had been taking place during ... Amanda Yik Amanda Yik says companies will lose out if they ignore work-life balance Time to hear the needs of our overworked employees The move to consider legislating standard working ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    Why Hong Kong needs working hours law

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Legislator distorting proposed standard working hours law Legislator James Tien Pei-chun, in RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong, on January 20, urged our chief executive to look ... premises. What about the vast land banks in the hands of the large developers? He proceeded to whinge that the move towards standard working hours seriously undermined the freedom and flexibility ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Legislation can't fix problems of long working hours

    Posted Aug 16th 2013, 12:00am by SHIRLEY YUEN

    ... Shirley Yuen Shirley Yuen says a legitimate concern for Hong Kong's overworked employees should not blind us to the impact that legislating for standard working hours will have on our ... important. Would regulating how many hours employees should work solve the problem in the first place? However, labour unions calling for the government to legislate standard working hours to address ...

  9. Business - Comment - WORKFORCE

    Calling an end to the work day- maybe the French are onto something, after all

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 11:27am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Law forbidding some French bosses from contacting employees after hours throws light on work-life balance and how to measure productivity New French revolution Honestly, ... of the story. While it is often hard to measure productivity, it is quite easy to measure working hours So they rushed to state that the law covered the entire workforce, although this new piece ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - RACISM

    Government’s double standards on tackling racism in Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:57am by Michael Chugani

    ... swarms destroying Hong Kong's way of life. The slur has not worked its way into everyday use, as achah and pun mui did in the past. Whether the originators intended it to be racist ...




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