(With thanks to Michael Michalandos and our Asia Pacific Employment and Compensation team for this post.)

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) raises challenging issues for employers, particularly those that operate in multiple locations, provide a variety of services, and employ a global workforce which travels routinely. Now is the time for employers to revisit their health and safety protocols and install procedures to minimize the risk of the outbreak affecting their staff, whilst at work or travelling for work.

Our regional update outlines employer obligations and important considerations across the Asia Pacific region in terms of dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak. Please note though that the response of Governments to the outbreak is evolving rapidly, and it is important for employers to regularly check for updates with local authorities in each jurisdiction (as the information set out below may change).

We also encourage you to contact your local Baker McKenzie office if you have any further questions relating to the information we have provided, or for a more comprehensive explanation of how the Coronavirus outbreak could impact your business and workforce.

Please download the full regional update here.