Reed Smith Client Alerts

Reed Smith LLP is licensed to operate as a foreign law practice in Singapore under the name and style, Reed Smith Pte Ltd (hereafter collectively, "Reed Smith"). Where advice on Singapore law is required, we will refer the matter to and work with Reed Smith's Formal Law Alliance partner in Singapore, Resource Law LLC, where necessary. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on 30 January, 2020, that the outbreak of 2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus) is a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern." This is, in part, an acknowledgement of the geographic spread of the virus and the need for intensified support for preparation and response, especially in vulnerable countries and regions. Further information is available in the WHO statement. On 31 January, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States also declared a public health emergency for the U.S.

Last updated 14 February 2020.

The outbreak of infection by a novel type of coronavirus at the end of December 2019 unfortunately coincided with the Chinese New Year holiday season. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern." With the increasing number of confirmed cases of infection or suspected infection by the novel coronavirus across the country and the millions of people traveling during the holiday, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government at both the national and provincial levels has issued emergency measures aimed to prevent and mitigate the risk of a large-scale pandemic. In responding to the novel coronavirus, we recommend centralizing all the messages that management would plan to deliver to employees regarding the company’s response plans or related policies or any information concerning government-issued notices or guidance so as to avoid misinformation or misunderstanding of the relevant laws, public heath recommendations, or company policies.

We set out below a brief summary of relevant government measures that have employment law implications for Chinese companies and the China- or Hong Kong-based operations of multinational companies. As the situation is still developing, additional measures may be issued after the publication of this client alert. We advise that businesses keep abreast of any new government updates and additional measures, and act accordingly.