Webinar Series - The Community Outreach Initiative

Conference Connection is pleased to launch its Community Outreach Initiative, with a series of webinars featuring key  communication, employment and regulatory perspectives of the “new normal” working environment with real-world scenarios, case studies, practical advice and takeaways to support your business continuity plans.

+ Hitting the "Return to Work" Button : What Employers in Asia/Middle East Need to Know


Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Singapore Time (GMT +8): 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Gulf Standard Time (GST): 1:00 – 2:00 pm 


With the “new normal” settling after post-covid, what are the common issues and challenges employers in Asia / Middle East face in preparing for their employees to return to the workplace?

Third in the series of Conference Connection’s Community Outreach Programme, Squire Patton Boggs employment lawyers Julia Yeo and Sarah Lawrence, will provide a snapshot of the laws and regulations in Asia / Middle East on employer’s RTW obligations, as well as practical and lawful ways to deal with the workplace realities presenting in the current environment.

This webinar is intended to help organisations in managing their response to the COVID-19 outbreak and will be of interest to in-house counsel, HR professionals and all those involved in risk and compliance.

Your takeaways from this webinar:

  • Legal obligations to grant/deny WFH requests
  • Safety threshold that employers must comply with
  • Managing quarantine requirements, sick leave and annual leave
  • An overview on the pros and cons of the new normal of WFH


Julia Yeo | Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Julia Yeo is a regional hub partner at Squire Patton Boggs, heading up their Asia Pacific L&E teams. She has extensive experience advising multinationals on complex regional employment issues, aligning regional practices with global strategies and compliance with diverse labour laws in the region.

She is passionate about all aspects of employment practice and enjoys training HR teams to raise the level of HR engagement. Clients described her as “confident in her advice”, “able to ask the right questions” (Legal 500 Asia Pacific) and “very thorough and an expert in the field of employment law” (Chambers Asia Pacific).

Sarah Lawrence | National Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Sarah heads up the employment practice for the Middle East at Squire Patton Boggs and is based in their Dubai office. Sarah is described by clients as “an exceptional lawyer” (Chambers & Partners Global) and, “a trusted business advisor to her clients – she is particularly responsive and gives crisp advice,” (The Legal 500, UAE). Sarah advises multinational and regional clients (including across the GCC and the wider Middle East) on all aspects of labour law and employment and immigration issues both onshore and within the region’s free zones, including the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Sarah has particular experience of handling complex workplace harassment issues and investigations, advising on senior executive appointments and terminations, dealing with immigration matters for the recruitment and termination of employees, dealing with the labour law and employee relations aspects of corporate transactions, handling labour claims across the region and dealing with outsourcing and restructuring projects and cross border employment issues.

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