Legal Updates

Legal Updates for Aug - 2017

Highlights of China’s 2017 Foreign Investment Catalogue
On 28 June 2017, the PRC National Development and Reform Commission and the PRC Ministry of Commerce jointly released a revised Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Investment Industries (2017 Revision) ("2017 Catalogue"), which came into effect from 28 July 2017. The 2017 Catalogue reflects the intention of the State Council to improve the investment environment, further loosen the requirements for market access in the service, manufacturing and mining industries, and to adopt a "negative list" management approach on a nationwide basis. This Update looks at the major amendments in the 2017 Catalogue.
16 Aug 2017 | Singapore

Recent Developments in E-hailing Services

The Land Public Transport (Amendment) Bill 2017 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (Amendment) Bill 2017 ("Bills") were passed at the Dewan Rakyat. The Bills are still waiting to be endorsed by the Dewan Negara and given the Royal Assent before being gazetted and enforced. Once these Bills come into force, they would have the effect of legalising e-hailing services.

15 Aug 2017 | Malaysia

Competition Appeal Board Upholds Financial Penalty Imposed on IPP
On 29 June 2017, the Singapore Competition Appeal Board ("CAB") published its decision on an appeal made by IPP Financial Advisers Pte Ltd ("IPP") seeking a substantial reduction in the financial penalty imposed by the Competition Commission of Singapore ("CCS"). The CAB dismissed the appeal and ordered IPP to pay the original financial penalty of S$239,851 imposed by CCS, together with interest and costs. In this Update, we provide you with a brief overview of the issues raised in the appeals and the potential implications for Singapore businesses.
10 Aug 2017 | Singapore

The Changing Landscape of Employment Regulations and Standards
Singapore's framework of employment regulations and standards is in constant development. Recently, the Ministry of Manpower has announced two areas which are under review. The first relates to the employment conditions for term contract employees, and the second relates to workplace safety. On this front, new standards have already been rolled out, and revised regulations may soon follow. This Update looks at the scope of the announced government reviews, the changes which may be expected, and their potential impact on employers and employment practices.
08 Aug 2017 | Singapore

When Time is of the Essence – The Importance of Complying with SOPA Timelines
The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act ("SOPA") provides for a system of adjudication of payment disputes, which features strict timelines, including the timings for payment claims, payment responses and submission for adjudication. The importance of complying with these timelines was highlighted in a few recent cases before the Singapore High Court. This Update takes a look at these decisions, as well as the various stages of the SOPA timeline and the consequences of non-compliance.
02 Aug 2017 | Singapore

Public Consultation on the Review of the Personal Data Protection Act
Singapore’s overarching data protection law, the Personal Data Protection Act (the "PDPA"), was enacted in 2012, and came into full effect on 2 July 2014. On 27 July 2017, the Personal Data Protection Commission (the "PDPC") announced that they were holding a public consultation on the review of the PDPA, with a view of seeking public feedback on their proposals to, inter alia: (1) implement an enhanced framework for collection, use and disclosure of personal data; and (2) introduce a mandatory data breach notification framework. This Update sets out a summarised overview of the PDPC's proposals to reform the PDPA. In addition we take the opportunity to share some of our preliminary views on how the amendments can impact your organisation and why it is important for organisations to participate in this consultation process.
01 Aug 2017 | Singapore