APSCo Asia's Legal & Compliance Services are available to all APSCo Asia members. It is one of our most popular benefits and the only service dedicated to the specific legal and compliance needs of the professional recruitment sector.

Legal and Compliance Helpdesks

We have selected the employment team of leading lawyers Rajah & Tann to deliver this service to our members. Rajah & Tann are an APSCo Affiliate Member and one of the largest full-service law firms in Asia with a team of over 800 fee earners across ten jurisdictions, and a wealth of experience working with the recruitment sector.

This invaluable service provides initial email and telephone legal guidance on a range of day-to-day recruitment and employment issues including:

  • Recruitment legislation and regulations
  • Employment law, policies and employee rights
  • Establishment and termination of employment
  • Data Protection 
  • CEI (Singapore) & Certifications
  • Managing Confidentiality, Restraint of Trade and Non-competes
  • Executive Compensation
  • Restructuring, Reorganisation and Retrenchments
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

APSCo Asia’s Legal & Compliance Helpdesks are available to APSCo Asia members. The helpdesks are staffed by experts with recruitment experience and provide practical advice and information across a wide range of topics. To use these services please contact:

The Helpdesks are available from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm local time, Monday to Friday. The turnaround target is 24 hours, and you will receive up to 20 minutes of free specialist advice.

Please note that our helpdesks cannot cover complex, ongoing issues, tax issues, review of contracts, correspondence, or written advice. If your issue does not fall within the scope of the legal helpdesk, you may want to enter into a commercial agreement with your own solicitors or with one of our specialist affiliate members.

Disclaimer 

The Helpdesk can only form opinions and provide generic guidance based on the information provided by the user of the Helpdesk. Information provided by the Helpdesk should not be treated as legal advice. The Helpdesk is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and no lawyer/client relationship will exist between the Helpdesk advisor and the user. 

If partial or incomplete information is provided to the Helpdesk the opinion given is likely to differ to that which would be given if based on the full facts. To the fullest extent permissible by law, APSCo and its advisors hereby exclude all liability for any claim, loss, demands or damages of any kind whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use of the Helpdesk and/or any information, opinion, or advice given. APSCo recommends that users consider taking independent legal advice before acting on any advice given by the Helpdesk.

Accountancy Helpdesks

APSCo Asia has partnered with a leading global provider of audit, tax and consulting services, RSM to provide free technical advice and support for APSCo Asia members. RSM’s long-standing presence in Asia Pacific provides clients with the knowledge to unlock the market’s potential. This means that APSCo members can contact the accountancy helpdesks for initial email and telephone compliance guidance on:

  • Compliance
  • Corporate finance 
  • Investment strategies
  • Corporate set-up 
  • Transfer pricing
  • Cross border challenges and international VAT issue
  • Share incentive schemes for key employees 
  • Taking profits from the business in a tax efficient manner 
  • Travel and subsistence schemes advice 
  • Salary sacrifice schemes
  • Taxation associated with company cars/car allowances 
  • Budget impact clarifications 
  • Sources of finance and methods of improving working capital 
  • Financial due diligence
  • Valuing a recruitment business
  • Preparing a business exit strategy

To use these services please contact:

The Helpdesks are available from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm local time, Monday to Friday. The turnaround target is 24 hours, and you will receive up to 20 minutes of free specialist advice.

Please note that our helpdesks cannot cover complex, ongoing issues, tax issues, review of contracts, correspondence, or written advice. If your issue does not fall within the scope of the legal helpdesk, you may want to enter into a commercial agreement with your own solicitors or with one of our specialist affiliate members.

Disclaimer 

The Helpdesk can only form opinions and provide generic guidance based on the information provided by the user of the Helpdesk. Information provided by the Helpdesk should not be treated as legal advice. The Helpdesk is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and no lawyer/client relationship will exist between the Helpdesk advisor and the user. 

If partial or incomplete information is provided to the Helpdesk the opinion given is likely to differ to that which would be given if based on the full facts. To the fullest extent permissible by law, APSCo and its advisors hereby exclude all liability for any claim, loss, demands or damages of any kind whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use of the Helpdesk and/or any information, opinion, or advice given. APSCo recommends that users consider taking independent legal advice before acting on any advice given by the Helpdesk.

Model Contracts
Rajah & Tann have also provided APSCo Asia with a selection of model contracts for use in Singapore and Malaysia, which are available to members. Please contact [email protected] to access these contracts.