Working hours committee finds little to agree on

Unionists protest outside where the committee was meeting.

Among the 23 committee members - representatives of workers and employers, academics and officials - not everyone agreed even with the timetable for their task. "Taking three years to decide whether legislation [on standard working hours] is necessary is just silly," said employee representative and labour unionist Stanley Ng Chau-pei.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 5:52am

Government eyes extension of plastic bag levy

Government eyes extension of plastic bag levy

About 100,000 retail outlets will face fines if they fail to charge customers for plastic shopping bags under a proposed extension of the levy scheme that will cover all goods retailers and bags except those issued for food hygiene.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Protection for visitors as Tourism Law is approved

Visitors to the Palace Museum in Beijing can be assured their rights are protected under the new Tourism Law.Photo: Xinhua

Mainland lawmakers signalled a crackdown on cheap group tours yesterday when the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress approved the country's first Tourism Law.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:07am

France adopts gay marriage law after strong debate

Hundreds of people opposed to same-sex marriage protest on Monday in Nantes, western France, as anti-riot policemen stand to prevent incidents with some same-sex marriage supporters. Photo: AFP

France’s lower house National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a bill legalising same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests.

24 Apr 2013 - 2:45am

Standard work hours 'won't cost more' in the long run

Standard work hours 'won't cost more' in the long run

Legislating standard working hours will not result in a rise in business costs in the long run as companies will look for ways to rearrange work flow in a more efficient manner, an expert with International Labour Organisation has said.

1 Apr 2013 - 10:31pm 2 comments

No sign of anti-corruption law as CPPCC convenes

Xi Jinping greets a Tibetan NPC deputy yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

The Communist Party's top disciplinary body has yet to put a draft of the mainland's first anti-corruption law on its agenda, a top anti-graft official said this week, despite frequent pledges to accelerate the process.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

Good governance depends on well-kept records

In 2011, then legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee moved a motion in the Legislative Council on enacting an archives law. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

For issues that are neither on the government's agenda nor on the public's radar, it may take months or years to see any progress. Public records management is probably one of them.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

Fifa security chief calls for strict match-fixing laws

Fifa Director of Security Ralf Mutschke listens to a speech at the Interpol conference on match-fixing conference in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA

Fifa's director of security Ralf Mutschke told a two-day gathering with Interpol that the world governing body's "zero tolerance" for match-fixing must be buttressed by "the right policies for law enforcement and the football community".

21 Feb 2013 - 10:59pm

British lawmakers approve gay marriage legislation

A campaigner demonstrates for a "yes" vote to allow gay marriage. Photo: Reuters

British lawmakers voted in favour of controversial legislation allowing gay marriage on Tuesday despite fierce opposition from members of Prime Minister David Cameron’s own party.

The move puts Britain on track to join the ten countries that allow same-sex couples to marry, but Cameron had the embarrassment of seeing half of his Conservative legislators refusing to back him.

6 Feb 2013 - 10:11am 1 comment

Veteran archivists press for legislation in Hong Kong

Veteran archivists press for legislation in Hong Kong

Veteran archivists will assist the Ombudsman in an investigation into management of and public access to government records, in the hope that it will lead to archival legislation in Hong Kong.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

Money laundering case puts banking laws under spotlight

A man uses an ATM machine outside a Chiyu Bank branch.

When Luo Juncheng first walked into the offices of Hong Kong's Chiyu Bank in August 2009, he was a teenager setting up an account for a company he had bought off the shelf three days earlier. When he returned 10 days later, he set up a personal account with a meagre HK$500 deposit.

30 Jul 2013 - 9:06pm

Legislation introduced to delay dealing with debt

House Republicans have introduced legislation that would allow the US to temporarily ignore the constraints of its debt ceiling until May 19, and postpone high-stakes negotiations over the country's borrowing authority.

23 Jan 2013 - 3:48am

Bid to bar data access in company searches

Members of the public, including the media, will be blocked from viewing key personal information of company directors from next year, the government has proposed.

The move to protect personal privacy came despite opposition among bankers, barristers, journalists and lawmakers that it will hurt transparency and freedom of speech.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

What use is a government under fire?

Pan-demacratic lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws a defaced mask with a long nose to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during Legco meeting. Photo: Sam Tsang

In his letter ("We should focus on real problems rather than illegal structures", December 12) Charlie Chan hit the nail on the head by calling the row over Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's illegal structures a storm in a teacup. However, political storms are looming large on the horizon, threatening the peace of our community.

21 Dec 2012 - 1:33am 1 comment

Anti-cruelty law needs an update

We have more pets than ever, but animal welfare laws and regulations are outdated, enforcement is poor and penalties for infringement weak. Photo: SCMP

If a law has remained largely unchanged since 1935 you would think it is either a colonial relic that no longer matters or an uncommonly good law that has stood the test of three generations. Sadly, neither is the case with animal welfare laws and regulations.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:24am 4 comments