Chinese medicine sick leave notes come into effect Sick leave certificates from Chinese medicine doctors will be recognised by the government, under legislative reforms to Hong Kong's labour compensation laws which came into effect this month. Amendments to the Certification for Employee Benefits (Chinese Medicine) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 2006, will allow sick leave certificates issued by Chinese medicine practitioners for employees whose injuries were caused by accidents that occurred in the course of their employment, to be recognised. The government has recognised Chinese medicine as a legitimate form of medical treatment since 1999. However, the mechanisms under which labour ordinances determine claims and resolve disputes between employees and employers, arising from the issuance and use of sick leave certificates by conventional doctors, did not cover those issued by Chinese medicine practitioners. Multinationals going for short-term expat postings Multinational companies are increasingly relying on shorter-term assignments when they consider sending top executives on international postings, according to a survey. The report by consulting firm Mercer surveying Indian-based multinational corporations found that firms were put off by the high cost of expatriate compensation packages because of differences in salaries between the home country and the foreign posting. The survey also found that 44 per cent of respondents compensated their international assignees for tax differentials; that spouse dissatisfaction was one of the major factors for international assignment failures (only 20 per cent of respondents provided spousal support); that 44 per cent of respondents used the home country balance sheet approach to determine expatriate compensation; and that all senior executives sent on foreign assignments were eligible for a car allowance, compared with less than half for lower ranking executives.