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High Court upholds ‘live-in’ rule for foreign domestic helpers  Listenfacebook
The High Court has rejected a legal challenge against the so-called "live-in" rule which requires foreign domestic helpers to live with their employers. In a landmark ruling, Mr Justice Anderson Chow rejected the argument that the rule is unconstitutional because it opens workers up to a higher risk of forced labour or servitude. He says there are other laws in place to protect domestic helpers, and that there's nothing discriminatory about the arrangement. The judge added that helpers who find the live-in rule unpalatable can choose not to work here, and those already in Hong Kong can terminate their contracts. The chairwoman of the Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association, Betty Yung, told Annemarie Evans she welcomes the ruling, adding that helpers are adequately protected by the law:
Lawmakers back probe on equality watchdog’s work  Listenfacebook
Legco's constitutional affairs panel has passed a motion calling for an independent inquiry into the administration of the Equal Opportunities Commission. The panel was briefed about the work of the watchdog, but several members raised concerns about its handling of complaints. Lawmakers also questioned the hiring of a former Department of Health official to lead a review of the EOC's operations, even though he had no experience in anti-discrimination work. Jim Gould asked Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung what his main concerns are:
Netanyahu defiant against resignation calls amid corruption scandal  Listenfacebook
Israeli opposition leaders are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down as the embattled premier's allies rallied to his defense following police recommendations that he be charged with bribery and breach of trust. The police say Mr Netanyahu accepted nearly US$300,000 in gifts from two billionaires. But the accusations did not appear to immediately rattle his lengthy rule as reaction largely fell along partisan lines. Annemarie Evans asked Jerusalem journalist Robert Berger for more details about the accusations leveled against Netanyahu: