Hong Kong - Singapore - International Redundancies.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Singapore - Hong Kong - Labour & Employment

11 June 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt businesses worldwide and whilst many are implementing cost cutting measures in an attempt to avoid redundancies, employers are under increasing pressure to reduce their headcount.

Redundancy exercises are often costly and complex so employers should be alert to their respective legal obligations across jurisdictions – which vary significantly – in order to minimise the risk of related claims and reputational damage. 

Click on the links below for our international guides to implementing redundancies, covering the following questions:

  • What is a genuine redundancy scenario?

  • Does it matter how many redundancies I plan to make?

  • Can employees volunteer for redundancy?

  • What procedure should I follow?

  • Do I need to identify suitable alternative roles for each employee?

  • How long should I consult for before confirming redundancies?

  • Do I have to inform the government if I plan to make redundancies?

  • What payments are employees entitled to?

  • What if my company is insolvent and cannot pay?



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We have a dedicated COVID-19 team of employment lawyers keeping up to date on the latest developments and who are available to answer any questions you may have. You can find more information here.




For further information, please contact:


Jezamine Fewins, Partner, Stephenson Harwood