Date Published: 15 October 2019
CNPLaw LLP provided employment law advice to a Japanese listed multinational corporation in the electrical, air-conditioning and intelligent building system facilities industry. The team was tasked with reviewing and harmonising the Singapore subsidiary’s employee and personal data protection handbooks with the handbooks issued by the Japanese holding company; and updating their template employment documents to comply with changes to the Employment Act in April 2019. A workshop was also conducted for senior employees on the collection, use and transfer of personal data including employee data within the group.
Employment contracts and related documentation, such as employee handbooks, reflect the dynamics between employers and employees, and they have an important role in setting the right tone for the working relationship.
We provide legal advisory services to our clients and work with them in the preparation and review of employment contracts and related documentation to ensure that they are in line with their expectations. In doing so, we play a role in shaping human-resource policies that strike a balance between the commercial objectives of employers, and the individual rights and interests of their employees.
Having an appreciation of how improved productivity is a natural corollary of a happy workforce, we also advise clients on various employee and workplace initiatives. One of the popular forms of employee incentives are share-option schemes, and our employment and tax law practice collaborates to effectively advise clients on the implementation and tax treatment of such schemes.
With the prevalence of technology and increasing connectivity through the internet, cybersecurity and data protection are areas that have grown more important in Singapore.
Since the introduction of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA), it is mandatory for organisations to comply with data protection rules and we strive to help our clients understand that compliance with the PDPA is no longer an option.
At CNPLaw, we have worked with our clients and helped them navigate through a variety of data protection issues, which include:
- Reviewing existing policies in order to advise on our client’s compliance with the law
- Highlighting possible legal risk areas
We also advise our corporate clients in relation to ad hoc queries on potential breaches of the law and the PDPA, and highlight data protection issues that may arise in the context of employment or HR policies.