The Apology Ordinance: Implications for Employment Law and HR Disputes and Practices

Apologies are often a valuable tool for mending personal relationships. In a commercial environment, however, many employers are wary of making apologies fearing that it will be taken as an admission of fault or liability. The nature of an employment relationship is very unique and emotions can often run high during disputes. An apology can be a very useful aide in times of dispute between an employer and employee.

In December 2017, Hong Kong became the first jurisdiction in Asia to enact apology legislation. This session will look at the implications of the Apology Ordinance for employers managing disputes with employees.

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What You Will Learn

  • What is the Apology Ordinance?
  • How can an apology be an effective tool for contentious employee issues?
  • What are the effects of the Apology Ordinance to employer’s insurance coverage?


Date  March 21, 2018 (Wednesday) 
Time  3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Registration starts at 3 pm)
Venue HKIHRM, Suite 1503, 15/F, 68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 
Fees  HKIHRM member – HK$500 ; Non- member – HK$650 
Language : English



Julia Gorham

Julia GorhamPartner, Employment, Seyfarth Shaw

Julia is a Partner in the International Employment group at Wong, Wan & Partners in association with Seyfarth Shaw. She is an employment lawyer that specializes in international employment and human resource projects, employment law compliance, strategic risk management, litigious employment disputes, international investigations and strategic advice at C-Suite and executive level. She has extensive experience advising clients within the investment banking, financial services and technology industries.



David Smail

David Smail, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw

David is an Associate in the International Employment group at Wong, Wan & Partners in association with Seyfarth Shaw. He has extensive experience acting on a variety of contentious, non-contentious and advisory employment issues. He advises employers regularly on cross-border Asia Pacific employment issues as well as a number of high profile employment disputes. David is dual-qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales.



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