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CE meets Philippine senate president

Chief Executive John Lee today met visiting Philippine Senate President Juan Miguel Fernandez Zubiri to exchange views on matters of common interest.   Mr Lee said Hong Kong and the Philippines have maintained close exchanges and co-operation in various fields such as trade, investment and finance, and that Hong Kong is an important trading and investment partner for the Philippines and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries. He encouraged more Philippine enterprises and talent to develop in Hong Kong and make better use of its professional services and internationalised business environment for expanding into Mainland markets, including those of the Greater Bay Area.   As the city is striving for early entry to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, the Chief Executive thanked the Philippines for its support in Hong Kong’s bid for accession.

Govt to lift employment law jab rule

The Labour Department today announced that from June 16, provisions under the Employment Ordinance relating to a legitimate COVID-19 vaccination request will be repealed.   From that day onwards, there will be no vaccination provisions under the Employment Ordinance, and any legitimate vaccination request made under the ordinance prior to June 16 shall cease to have effect on or after that date, the department explained.   Ancillary to the Government’s anti-epidemic measures, the jab provisions were added to the Employment Ordinance from June 17 last year, stipulating that the dismissal of an employee due to non-compliance with a legitimate COVID-19 vaccination request made by the employer is not considered as an unreasonable dismissal.   With the removal of the statutory Vaccine Pass requirement earlier and Hong Kong society resuming normalcy in full, the Government will repeal the vaccination provisions under the Employment Ordinance, having consulted the Health Bureau and the Department of Health.   The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 (Commencement) Notice will be published in the Gazette this Friday.

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