Human Resources & Payroll

Singapore Announces 2015 Holiday Schedule

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SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Manpower has released their calendar of holidays in Singapore for the 2015 calendar year.

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Rise in Asian HR Recruitment Signals Increased Business Confidence

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The Robert Walters Asia Job Index reported a significant increase in job advertisements for professional positions last quarter.

One of the world’s largest professional recruitment consultancies, Robert Walters publishes its Job Index quarterly to provide employers with a barometer of business confidence and the demand for skilled candidates across Asia. The Index is produced by tracking the number of job advertisements posted daily in key newspapers and on leading online job boards based in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and China.

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Vietnam Issues New Work Permit Regulations for Foreign Employees

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HANOI – The Vietnamese government has recently released a new Circular on the procedures a foreign worker must adhere to in order to be considered for a work permit.  Circular 03/2014 tightens the regulations for foreign workers seeking to come to Vietnam.

The Circular will take effect on March 10, 2014 and is intended to help guide the implementation of the proposed Government Decree 102/2013.

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Social Insurance Compliance Across Asia

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The administration of social insurance can be a complicated and confusing process for employers with operations in multiple countries. In this article, we explore social insurance in Hong Kong, India and Singapore to help clarify the key components of compliance across Asia. Social insurance compliance in mainland China is covered here and Vietnam’s social insurance is covered here.

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The Accelerating Trend towards Outsourcing Payroll Processing Work in Asia

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Op-Ed Commentary: Adam Livermore, Dezan Shira & Associates

For several years now, multinational companies with operations in one or more Asian countries have begun transitioning to an outsourced model for handling their payroll and HR administration. Already well-entrenched in the U.S. and UK, the accelerating trend towards outsourcing payroll processing is unlikely to reverse due to the huge efficiency and savings it brings. In Asia, however, the cost-benefit of outsourcing is significantly less clear-cut.

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Hong Kong Revokes Philippines Visa Exemption Over 2010 Hostage Crisis

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HONG KONG – From February 5, officials and diplomats from the Philippines visiting Hong Kong will not be able to enjoy the 14 day visa-free exemption they currently do, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told a press conference yesterday.  The move is in response by Hong Kong to a tragedy in Manila over three years ago, when eight Hong Kong tourists were killed and seven others injured in a hostage situation that lasted over 10 hours.  The Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III has consistently refused to make an official apology for what he sees as the actions of a lone gunman, leading to tension between Hong Kong and the Philippines.

In August 2010, after senior police inspector Rolando Mendoza had been dismissed from the Manila Police District, he boarded a tourist bus armed with an assault rifle, in an attempt to get reinstated.  The rescue attempt lasted over an hour, and ended after Mendoza was shot and killed.  Hong Kong has alleged that it was the poor handling of the incident by the Philippines’ officials that led to the victims’ deaths.  The Hong Kong government placed a black travel advisory warning (the highest warning level) on the Philippines, cautioning Hong Kong residents that the country posed a “severe threat” and advising that all travel be avoided.

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Key Considerations When Choosing a Payroll Outsourcing Model

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SHANGHAI – When determining which type of model is most appropriate for managing payroll across multiple countries, employers should take into account the advantages and shortcomings of the three most commonly utilized models.

The first, a country-by-country model, entails contracting vendors locally in each country. The second, a managed model, entails contracting a single vendor (integrated service provider) who subsequently sub-contracts the actual processing on a country-by-country basis. Finally, integrated models entail contracting one vendor able to provide payroll services via vendor employees in each country of operation, reporting through a single-point-of-contact methodology rather than sub-contracting payroll duties to other firms.

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New Issue of Asia Briefing: Payroll Processing Across Asia

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DALIAN – The new issue of Asia Briefing Magazine, title Payroll Processing Across Asia, is out now and will be temporarily available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore throughout the months of January and February.

Collecting tax revenue and administering social insurance are two of the most fundamental roles of government. When establishing or operating a business in Asia, companies must take special care to comply with regulations concerning taxes deducted at the source of employee payroll (withholding tax) and mandatory contributions to social insurance programs.

As you might expect in a region comprising so much diversity and complexity, the systems utilized by governments in places like China and Vietnam (countries with large populations and with a communist background) are substantially different than those in places like Hong Kong and Singapore – small jurisdictions with a distinctly capitalist outlook. India, a populous emerging nation with a democratic system of government, provides an interesting contrast in terms of how it taxes and supports its citizens.

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Vietnam Set to Increase Minimum Wages from December 31, 2013

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Dec. 4 – The government last week passed a new decree that will increase minimum wages throughout Vietnam as of December 31, 2013, which will be effective for enterprises, co-operatives, household businesses, foreign companies and international organizations operating in the country.

Replacing Decree 103/2012/ND-CP, the new Decree 182 will implement increases of up to VND2.7 million (US$130) in Vietnam’s four different geographic regions categorized on the basis of living standards.

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New Issue of Asia Briefing: Work Visa and Permit Procedures Across Asia

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Work-Visa-and-Permit-Procedures-250Sept. 12 – The new issue of Asia Briefing Magazine, titled Work Visa and Permit Procedures Across Asia, is out now and will be temporarily available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore throughout the months of September and October.

Demand for skilled foreign nationals remains high across Asia, but when conducting business as a foreign national in a foreign country, it is important to be aware of the regulations governing foreign executives’ stay abroad. Employers with a physical presence in these markets must also understand the proper procedures for sponsoring a foreign worker.

The necessary documents required for a foreign national working in Asia vary country to country, but typically include a specific work visa, a work permit, and/or a residence permit. However, short-term visits for purposes of due diligence, quality control, or trade fairs, for example, may be covered through the issuance of business visas.

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