Workplace flexibility: A win-win situation for employees and employers

Social and Economic Mobility | 2017-01-24


The study on ‘Work-life Balance: Getting started with flexible work arrangements’ explores how flexible work arrangements can help employees achieve work-life balance and strengthen companies’ human capital, and demonstrates how it can help tackle the challenges arising from a shrinking local workforce.

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Youth participation: Accommodating youth views in advisory and statutory bodies

Politics | 2017-03-23


In this year's Chief Executive election, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and John Tsang Chun-wah have both proposed establishing youth quotas to increase youth representation in advisory boards and committees. Similar quotas based on gender are already in place. This week, the Centre analyses how Lam and Tsang's suggestions could be implemented in a way that ensures young people can meaningfully participate in policymaking without compromising the principle of appointment by merit.

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Is legislation sufficient to keep alcohol away from children and adolescents?

Legal and Regulatory Development | 2017-04-05


The Government is planning to outlaw the selling of alcohol to minors. Yet issues such as parental pro-drinking practices, divided views on whether even a single drop of alcohol is bad for the under-aged, as well as how the banning of selling tobacco to minors has fared in practice, show that it takes more than legislation to keep children’s and adolescents’ hands off alcohol.     

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Polluter pays principle is part of the answer of reducing electronic waste

Environment | 2017-03-29


Selling of certain electrical appliances in Hong Kong will mean paying a recycling fee, according to the Government’s latest scheme. However, goods purchased overseas can be exempted. As online shopping is surging in popularity, will this arrangement become a potential loophole of the policy? Overseas practice in collecting similar surcharges may shed light on this potential problem.

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Restaurants in disguise: Eating up our public spaces

Housing, Infrastructure and Land | 2017-03-16


Numerous takeaways at shopping malls in Hong Kong are operating as ‘restaurants’ by setting up seats in open spaces, whereas most people are unaware that the seats are open to the public. How can Hong Kong turn different kinds of hidden open spaces into genuine common resources?

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