By Zhang Yumeng
*Image taken from CNN: Women still face great wall of discrimination in China http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/08/world/asia/china-gender-discrimination/
The first time that a Chinese woman settled in a gender discrimination lawsuit was as recent as 2014, where a private tutoring firm settled with the young female graduate, Cao Ju, for RMB30,000 . And the first time that a Chinese woman actually wins such a lawsuit happened only two months ago, in January 2015 .
By Yuen Ching Yee
Public space was a heated issue a few years ago. Just when the public gradually forget such issue, Teakha, a small café in Sheung Wan, reminded us about the fair use of public space. The owner of Teakha put chairs and tables on the alley behind the café, with the purpose of providing open space for customers. Having known that this may violate the law, the owner took away the chairs and tables and replaced them with wooden wine boxes and cut tree trunk. However, she still received accusations from the Food and Health Department of blocking the alley.
By Yu Leping
A zero-hours contract (ZHC) is best described by a form of working where “the worker is not guaranteed any work but has to be available as and when the employer needs them”. It has spread widely across the UK since the global financial crisis. As the 2015 general election is drawing near, the future of such contracts becomes one of the key political issues, with Labour leader Ed Miliband promising to introduce restrictions if elected. Latest release by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on February 25 shows that nearly 700,000 people in the UK have ZHC as their main job, sparking off again a heated debate over whether ZHC should be prohibited by law.
By Yam Tsz Kit
A sign outside the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, is seen in this file photo taken September 19, 2013.
The world’s largest investment bank, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank is accused as hiring unqualified employees, who is the son of a Chinese senior official. Although the officialing was recorded as the poorest candidate during the recruitment practice, headquarter of the bank in New York still hired him. During the hard time in financial crisis, the officialing was originally in the layoff list. Yet, the officialing’s father, Gao Hucheng, China’s Commerce Minister, asked for special retention for his son (Gayathri, 2015). The head executives approved the demand and in return, there would be exclusive deal for the bank, such as the responsibility of Chinese enterprise’s initial public offering. The unlawful act was caught by the internal email conversation (Gayathri, 2015). The son who called Gao Jue is now working in Goldman Sachs, another big name of U.S. investment bank.
By Wong Maco
At the recent budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah planned to introduce food trucks to Hong Kong as a solution to providing local and tasty gourmet while retaining a high standard of food safety (SCMP). However, this ‘pre-mature’ idea suggested by Tsang has failed to explain itself on the legal side’s concern. With scarce follow-ups being made, it is easy to question the government how these food trucks can be set up and obtained, as well as the classification of the ‘mobile food factory’,
By Wong Hiu Lui
Since Xi Jinping, Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party, came to power in late 2012, an anti-grafting campaign had been launched in China to fight against corruption. The campaign mainly targets suspected corrupted officials in government, military and state-owned energy companies. Related banking officials were also involved in the anti-graft campaign in early February, 2015 (Gabriel Wildau, 2015)