Guide to redundancies and reductions in force in the Asia-Pacific

Employers across the Asia-Pacific are increasingly facing shortfalls in work and reductions in demand in a competitive market. Many are having to conduct redundancy processes, which ultimately result in decreasing their employee headcount and reductions in force. Multinational employers need to be aware that the process and tests for redundancy are not identical across borders, and any ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to handling reductions in force, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, brings considerable risk to the business.

This guide acts as a handy aid for employers, offering some insight into when a redundancy situation can be said to have arisen and what the local law requires for an employer to be compliant across the Asia-Pacific region, in particular Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The document summarises the key employment law issues in each jurisdiction and offers high-level, practical guidance for employers on how to handle the sensitive and often complex procedures under different legal systems…

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