LW5669 - Employment Law in Hong Kong

Offering Academic Unit
School of Law
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

The course introduces students to the law governing work relations in Hong Kong, covering major ordinances, regulations, common law doctrines, enforcement issues, and emerging policy concerns. Subject areas include identifying employment relationships, the formation and termination of employment contracts, wages and benefits, discrimination, privacy rights, health and safety, restrictive covenants, and collective rights and unionization. The class also examines issues of current significance in Hong Kong, which may include migrant and cross-border work, employee investigations, the growing prevalence of casual and “gig” work, the use of data analytics to make employment-related decisions, and obligations surrounding company reorganizations. Students will learn to recognize and explain the legal consequences of a variety of work relationships and conflicts. The course also encourages students to assess critically the objectives, assumptions, and consequences of employment law; consider creative responses to current challenges in employment law; and understand how employment law shapes broader social outcomes.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 70%
Examination: 30%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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