From the editor
Welcome to Issue 13 of our Asia Pacific Insights into business ethics and anti-corruption matters. In this edition, we explore the changing landscape of cybersecurity, the upcoming Australian modern slavery legislation, US sanctions and the impact on Asia. We hope our articles would be useful to your work.
Rapid technological advancements pose profound challenges to the cyber-security landscape and personal data protection. As many countries take steps to address these critical issues, Singapore is seeking to introduce new laws through its Cybersecurity Bill and make amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act in a bid to keep pace with the changing digital landscape and take the lead in becoming a Smart Nation. Stella Cramer, Magdalene Lie, Jeremy Lua and I review these upcoming legal changes.
In another sign of convergence between Australia and the UK, the Australian Government has announced that it will introduce legislation to tackle modern slavery. Abigail McGregor, JP Wood and Greg Vickery examine the similarities and differences between the UK Modern Slavery Act and the upcoming Australian regime, and consider the steps that Australian businesses can take to prepare for the new law.
Sanctions continue to be a hot topic under the new US Trump Administration. My US-based colleagues Steve McNabb and and Kim Caine take a look at the stiff sanctions imposed on Russia, Iran and North Korea. The broad reach of US sanctions laws has extended to Asia, including Singapore. Steve, Kim and Vijay Rao team up with Singapore-based US counsel Paul Sumilas to review the case of a Singapore company that got entangled in the web of US sanctions on Iran.
If you would like to discuss the matters raised in any of these articles or on other business ethics issues, please feel free to contact us.
Global Arbitration Review
We have contributed to the chapter on the Grounds to Refuse Enforcement of New York Convention arbitration awards in the second edition of GAR’s The Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards.
Construction working hours re-extended as COVID-19 measure: Weekend working hours revert to pandemic settings
The permitted construction working hours in New South Wales have been changed again to allow building work and demolition work on Saturdays between 7am and 5pm, and specified works on a Sunday between the hours of 9am and 5pm.