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Philippines – Probe to review action by officials at Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Hong Kong

29 August 2019

An investigation of officials at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Hong Kong was ordered on Aug. 25 by Philippines Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

The probe comes following concerns about improprieties in the selection of a new online system for processing, credentialing and other services...

Australia – Group welcomes passage of Victoria’s registration bill for engineers

29 August 2019

Engineers Australia said Thursday that it welcomed the passage of Victoria’s “Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019.”

It will now be compulsory for Victorian civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire-safety engineers to be registered, according to Engineers Australia.


Australia – Union launches AUD 12 million lawsuit against labour hire firm (Newcastle Herald)

29 August 2019

An Australian union has launched an AUD 12 million lawsuit against labour hire firm WorkPac claiming mine workers were misclassified as casuals, the Newcastle Herald newspaper reported. However, the action by the mining union has been questioned because last year, the union had criticised a similar lawsuit...

Indonesia – Amazon.com may buy stake in human cloud firm Gojek (Reuters)

29 August 2019

Human cloud platform Gojek is in talks with Amazon.com Inc. over the possibility of Amazon buying a stake in the Indonesia-based company, Reuters reported. “Gojek, which counts Alphabet Inc., Alibaba Group Holdings, Tencent Holdings and Visa Inc. as investors, last raised funding in July at a valuation...

China – ManpowerGroup Greater China revenue and profits up in H1

29 August 2019

Shanghai-based ManpowerGroup Greater China (2180:HKG), a workforce solutions provider in Greater China, announced its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2019. Revenue increased by approximately 31.1% to RMB 1,441.6 million (USD 201.6 million), when compared to the same period...

Japan – Recruit announces administrative admonishment from Japanese government panel

29 August 2019

Recruit Co. Ltd. announced this week that its Recruit Career subsidiary received an administrative admonishment from Japan’s Personal Information Protection Committee.

The Tokyo-based company said the admonishment came after an investigation of its “Rikunabi DMP Follow” service operated...

Taiwan – Jobless rate up slightly in July

29 August 2019

The unemployment rate in Taiwan increased by 0.01% to 3.82% in July 2019 when compared to the same period last year, according to the latest Manpower Survey from the Directorate General of Budget Accounting & Statistics.

When compared to the previous month, the unemployment rate increased by 0.09%...

World – Chinese spies reportedly using LinkedIn to recruit spies overseas (New York Times)

29 August 2019

Chinese agents are contacting thousands of foreign citizens, including former government officials, using professional network LinkedIn, reports the New York Times, citing Western counterintelligence officials. LinkedIn is the only major American social media platform not blocked in China because the...

Australia – Former Plutus Payroll manager jailed over tax fraud scheme

28 August 2019

A former general manager of  Australian-based payroll company Plutus Payroll, the company behind a conspiracy alleged to have defrauded the Australian Taxation Office of more than AUD 105 million in three years, has been jailed for at least three years.

In November 2018, Joshua Meredith Kitson pleaded...

China – Online recruitment platform Liepin to acquire employee assessment site Wjx.cn

28 August 2019

Liepin, a China-based online recruitment platform announced that it will invest RMB 800 million RMB (USD 111.7 million) in online employee assessment, training and accreditation platform Wjx.cn.

Liepin will take a majority 66.6% stake in Wjx.cn in return for the investment, according to Sina.cn.