This is the part that caught my attention.
He received reports of shops and services having to shut down over the weekend, Hung said, adding that some companies had to cancel annual employee health check-ups and can no longer provide subsidies for overseas holidays because of the changes to the labor law.
I'm trying to picture the sort of person who gets this kind of benefit as part of an employment package. Other than foreigners visiting "home", how common is (or was) this? Is the idea that all employees in a given company are entitled to a holiday travel allowance, but they need to get themselves overseas before they can claim anything? Or their employers buy the plane tickets as well?