Arrange for any year-end performance reviews
Depending on your organisation’s policy, you may need to schedule year-end performance reviews for your colleagues. In Hong Kong, there is no statutory requirement that performance reviews must be conducted, nor is there any statutory rule that governs the procedure for performance reviews. Do however make sure that these reviews are conducted in accordance with your organisation’s policy, as failure to do so could be a cause of legal disputes.
Update payroll information
Some employees may be entitled to pay rises with effect from next year, and/or year-end bonuses (contractual or discretionary) due to their promotions or good performance. Do make sure that any changes to remuneration terms are accurately reflected in your payroll system, internal records, and tax filings.
Review employees’ personal data
Under Hong Kong data privacy laws, employers are under a duty (amongst others) to ensure that the employees’ personal data they hold is accurate. Over the past year, some employees may have married, given birth or moved to a new house. Year-end is a good time to review employees’ personal data to make sure that it is accurate and up-to-date, and if necessary, ask them to verify any information.
Determine the 2020 holiday schedule
The list of public holidays for 2020 is set out on the Hong Kong Government’s website.
This can help you to determine any early release days, company events or retreats. You may also wish to disseminate this information to your staff.
Do remember the distinction between ‘statutory holidays’ and ‘public/general holidays’ under Hong Kong law. In Hong Kong, there are 12 statutory holidays and five general holidays, so 17 public holidays altogether. The five general holidays are:
Under the Hong Kong Employment Ordinance, all employees must be granted statutory holidays. While general holidays are normally observed by banks, education institutions, government offices and most multinational companies in Hong Kong, it is not compulsory for organisations to grant these general holidays to their employees, only the statutory ones.
Watch out for any updates to employment-related legislation
As of now, there are no fixed dates for any employment-related legislation to come into force in 2020. However, you are recommended to keep abreast of the following developments which may potentially take place in 2020 or the next few years: