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  • Sep 15, 2014
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Working hours committee finds little to agree on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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

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 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