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New COVID-19 laws impacting business and residential

Details: New COVID-19 laws impacting business and residential tenancies. New laws relating to Covid-19 are shortly to be approved. These directly impact on business and residential tenancies in England and Wales. When the laws do come into force, some of …

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101: New laws imminent for the Internet of Things

Details: 101: New laws imminent for the Internet of Things. 16 Apr 2019. Manufacturers of IoT devices should be ready for imminent legislation. Smartphones, smart fridges, wearable devices and virtual assistants… the flood of IoT devices onto the market has revolutionised how we work and live. It’s also generated serious security and privacy risks

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USA: Mind the Gap: New Laws Target Pay Inequity Between

Details: In California and Massachusetts, the new laws expand equal pay not only for equal or the same work but for “comparable work.” What is “comparable work” is a question being asked by employers and workers alike and will likely be the subject of much litigation in the future. These new equal pay laws also include “pay transparency

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Employment Law: download your European country guide

Details: Select and download free. Whilst many European employment laws are broadly similar, there are significant differences from country to country. Use the form below to choose your preferred guide for one of 12 European countries: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.

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Kenya: The evolution of redundancy laws

Details: Kenya: The evolution of redundancy laws. 17 May 2016. The Employment and Labour Relations Courts (the “Courts”) have, in recent cases, introduced additional requirements to the redundancy procedure set out in the Employment Act 2007 …

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Qatar: changes to employment visa contracts and privacy laws

Details: Amendments and additions to privacy laws. Qatar’s Law No. 4 of 2017 amending certain provisions of the Penal Code promulgated by Law No. 11 of 2004 (‘Law No. 4 of 2017’) took effect on 30 March 2017. Previously, Article 333 of the Qatari Penal Code stated that it was an offence to intrude on people’s private lives without their consent.

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New Zealand: Breathing life into new whistle-blowing laws

Details: New Zealand: Breathing life into new whistle-blowing laws. In July 2020, New Zealand introduced a Bill to replace its current whistle-blowing regime, which is now 20 years’ old. The current Protected Disclosures Act 2000 (the “Act”) has long been criticised for being disconnected from the needs of a potential whistle-blower, and has

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South Korea: Key Changes to the Labor and Employment Laws

Details: South Korea: Key Changes to the Labor and Employment Laws in 2020. 16 Dec 2019. The key employment law changes and developments which will take effect in 2020 in South Korea are explained below. By Robert R. Flemer, Kim Daeyup, Lee Yejee and Jengjun Park, Kim & Chang

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Brazil: Equal Pay Laws in Brazil

Details: By Eduardo Boccuzzi, Boccuzzi Advogados Associados. Labour rules in Brazil concerning equal pay have been amended in 2017 through Law # 13.467, i.e., the Labour Law Reform, which made several changes to Section 461 of CLT (Consolidation of Brazilian Labour Laws) to regulate equal pay, including setting forth reporting requirements and penalties for non-compliance with equal …

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Sri Lanka: New laws on national minimum wage and relief

Details: Significant developments to the laws on national minimum wage and budgetary relief allowance have come into effect in recent months. National Minimum Wage The National Minimum Wage of Workers Act No. 3 of 2016 (the “NMW Act”) introduced a national minimum monthly wage of LKR 10,000 (Euros 61) /from 1 st January 2016.

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Global Employment Law Handbooks 2021-22 Taylor Vinters

Details: Global Employment Law Guides: Enabling you to navigate employment landscapes across Europe and APAC. With the global employment landscape feeling the effects of the most significant disruption for decades, it is more vital than ever to understand the current legal and regulatory regimes applicable to your global workforce.

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China: Employers to be Blacklisted for Violations of

Details: China: Employers to be Blacklisted for Violations of Social Insurance Laws. 16 Dec 2019. China is building a Social Credit System which is designed to promote the integrity and credibility of society in China by establishing a credit record infrastructure network in accordance with laws, regulations, and standards.

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Guernsey: Sexual discrimination and beyond – what is the

Details: By Carly Parrott (Counsel) and Fay Warrilow (Associate), Carey Olsen . For over 15 years, Guernsey has had the enabling legislation in place to prohibit discrimination on multiple grounds, but to date has only introduced laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, marital status, gender reassignment and since 2016, pregnancy (referred to herein cumulatively as “Sexual Grounds”).

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Criminal Conviction for Data Theft

Details: All businesses have a duty to ensure that they are not breaching data laws, and there is a real risk that the ICO could target a new employer (alongside the relevant employee) if they are aware such information probably belongs to the former employer and then processes that data.

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Kenya: Key Changes in Employment Law in 2021

Details: We expect that there will be significant changes in employment law in Kenya in 2021; not only as a result of the global pandemic, but also due to prospective new legislation and unemployment fund. There are two proposed bills which seek to amend the Employment Act, No. 11 of 2007 and currently pending Parliament’s approval.

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Romania: Proposed developments to employee representation

Details: These draft laws envisage changes to the Social Dialogue Code – Law 62/2011 (the “Code”), which is the core piece of legislation that covers, amongst other matters, trade unions, collective negotiation and strikes. There are several initiatives involved at different stages of the legislative process aimed at amending the Code.

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Employment Law: download your APAC country guide

Details: Employment Law: download your APAC country guide. Whether you are setting up in Asia Pacific (APAC) for the first time or have operated in the region for many years, our Employment Law guides provide a concise, up to date overview of the key employment/HR laws covering hiring, managing and retaining people in your chosen jurisdiction.

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Japan: Employment Law Update

Details: Major Laws and Regulations to be Implemented in 2021: Revised Child Care and Nursing Leave Law. From January 2021, workers who take care of children and other family members will be able to take child- and family-care leave on an hourly basis. Prior to this change, employees who worked less than four hours per day were not allowed to take leave

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European court clarifies where claims by EU-based

Details: For contractual claims, there is greater flexibility for the parties to choose which country’s laws apply – although default rules apply under EU law (known as the Rome I Regulation) if the contract is silent. In Ryanair and Crewlink cases, the employment contracts expressly stated that they were governed by Irish law.

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A privacy lawyer tried a smart doorbell. Here’s what

Details: Data protection laws often don’t apply to individuals. They don’t apply to you storing your friends’ numbers on your phone, or sending birthday cards to their homes. But start using a CCTV system, a car dashcam or (in my case) a smart doorbell, which captures footage outside of your home, and the data protection laws do apply – you

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Italy: New rules for fixed term contracts and temporary

Details: Breach of such rules may, under certain circumstances, lead to a criminal fine of 20 euros for each worker involved and for each day of temporary agency work. Law Decree n. 87/2018 aims to increase the use of permanent employment contracts. Due to these tough reforms, however, we may see a decline in the availability of flexible work.

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UK Supreme Court ruling: employee post-termination

Details: In the first employment competition case to have reached the country’s highest court in over 100 years, the UK Supreme Court ruled today in Tillman v Egon Zehnder. The court upheld a non-compete restriction, fundamentally changing how unreasonably wide restraints are interpreted. It will now be easier to enforce post-termination restrictions.

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India: New Code to change the paradigm of wage statutes

Details: The Code on Wages Bill, 2017 has been introduced into the Indian Parliament and is intended to amalgamate existing laws on wages, bonuses and other related matters into one consolidated code.

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Cambodia: Proposed Amendments to the Cambodian Labour Law

Details: By Chris Robinson and Samnangvathana Sor, DFDL. In 2020, the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) with assistance from the International Labor Organization (“ILO”), organized a tripartite consultation-seminar on “Amendments to the Labour Law”.

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UK: Commission payments must be included when calculating

Details: This right is enshrined in the domestic laws of the UK under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (‘WTR’). The WTR also provide for an additional statutory minimum entitlement of 1.6 weeks’ paid leave per year, which is outside the scope of the Directive.

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Saudi Arabia: Anti-Harassment Law in the workplace

Details: In addition to any other potential penalty or punishment under general Sharia principles or any other harsher punishment under other laws, penalties for breach of the Anti- Harassment Law are: 2 year prison sentence and/or a fine of SAR 100,000 (approximately 20,887 Euros);

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Does the GDPR matter in the USA

Details: Whilst US laws and regulations do continue to apply to data after it has left the US, these mainly focus on ensuring the US entities remain liable for the data. Fines. The GDPR has extended the maximum penalties for breaches of data protection to €20million or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is the highest.

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Taiwan: New rules on holidays, rest days & overtime

Details: Employees and employers need to be aware of the new overtime calculations for flexible rest days: Between 0 and 2 hours; 1.34 times regular hourly wage. Between 3 and 8 hours; 1.67 times regular hourly wage. Between 9 and 12 hours; 2.67 times regular hourly wage. Actual time worked will now be calculated at the top end of three four-hour periods.

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Czech Republic: Changes to the Czech Labour Code

Details: The Czech Labour Code (the “Code”) has not undergone any major changes in recent years. However, this is set to change thanks to a significant revision of the Code currently in the pipeline.

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Japan: Conversion to a permanent employment contract

Details: Under Japan’s employment laws, employees who have been continuously employed by the same employer under a fixed-term employment contract for five years, are able to convert their fixed-term employment agreements to permanent employment agreements using what is known as the “Conversion Rule”.

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Advising on workplace PPE regulations across the globe

Details: As the laws changed, the team were able to categorise jurisdictions as being either: Red : an explicit legal obligation to provide facemasks to employees in the workplace. Amber : the legal obligation falls on employees to wear face masks, which the employer must either supply or consider supplying to meet its ongoing health and safety obligations.

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Bahrain: New right for employers to terminate contracts of

Details: By Saad Al Doseri, Al Tamimi & Company. New legislation recently introduced in Bahrain (Bahrain Law No. 37 of 2015) provides that an employer may …

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Iraq: Widespread changes to Iraqi Labour Law

Details: The new Iraqi Labour Law No. 37 of 2016 (the “New Labour Law”) recently came into force and introduced a number of significant changes to the existing labour laws. Some of these changes include: 1. Clear definitions of different types of work. The New Labour Law distinguishes between different working arrangements and provides definitions

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Taiwan: Changes to overtime and shift work

Details: The wage for overtime on flexible rest days will be calculated as actual time worked, rather than in four-hour blocks as before. This overtime should be factored into the maximum monthly overtime for each employee, detailed below. Overtime may be calculated over a three month period by employers, and may not exceed 54 hours in one month and 138

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Hong Kong: Changes to anti-discriminatory laws coming soon

Details: Hong Kong: Changes to anti-discriminatory laws coming soon. 13 Dec 2018. On 22 June 2018, the government proposed to introduce the Discrimination Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill (“Proposed Bill”) with a view to enhancing protection against discrimination and harassment.

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Bulgaria: New rules regarding redundancy compensation

Details: As of 1 January 2018, the Bulgarian Social Insurance Code ('SIC') was amended to introduce a new regime for redundancy compensation in cases of mutual termination of an employment agreement upon the employer's initiative, i.e. on the grounds of …

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Owens v Owens: Judgment day for the law on divorce

Details: Owens v Owens: Judgment day for the law on divorce. 26 Jul 2018. The highest court in the land has today handed down its much anticipated judgment in the case of Owens v Owens. Mrs Owens’ appeal has been dismissed with the effect that her divorce petition cannot proceed. This latest judgment highlights the urgent need for reform of our

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Leases and COVID-19 – how are tenants and landlords

Details: A. The straightforward answer is yes, except in the very rare event that your lease or tenancy agreement allows for suspension of rent in these circumstances. Unlike commercial contracts, leases in England Wales typically don’t contain detailed force majeure provisions or allow for suspension of rent in the event of force majeure.

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Sky to invest in drone racing

Details: A threat to the wide uptake of drone racing could be the laws covering the use of drones, which are fragmented and not harmonised around the world. The UK leads the pack in this area with some of the most sophisticated rules governing the use of drones. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the specialist aviation regulator organisation

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Unmarried couples and consequences of separation

Details: Unmarried couples and consequences of separation. Contrary to popular belief there is no such thing as ‘common law’ marriage. The law offers very little protection to cohabitating couples upon separation. What follows is a summary of the current position. If you have been living with your partner, but you are not married, you are in legal

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Will the EU Succession Regulation (Brussels IV) affect

Details: The introduction of the EU Succession Regulation (known as Brussels IV) means it is now vital to have appropriate advice, to ensure your assets in …

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Singapore: Changes to the employment law landscape in 2020

Details: By Yingyu Wang and Calvin Cheng, Taylor Vinters Via For the first time, all employees are now covered under the Employment Act in Singapore (for more information about this, please refer to this article).As the year draws to a close, we look forward to some of the changes that have been announced in 2019 and their potential impact on employers of all shapes and sizes in 2020 and the …

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International Employment Law Update – January 2021

Details: Welcome to the latest edition of our International Employment newsletter – designed to ensure that those of you dealing with HR at an international level in 2021, are up to date on the most important and meaningful changes to employment laws in some of the key business nations globally. As 2021 begins, we are sure that wherever in the world

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GDPR Privacy Notice for Employees

Details: Employment and HR, Privacy and data protection GDPR Privacy Notice for Employees What employers need to know

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International Employment Law Update

Details: Welcome to the latest edition of our International Employment Newsletter – designed to ensure that those of you dealing with HR at an international level are kept up-to-date on changes to employment laws in some of the key business nations. As always, this edition is packed full of the latest legal developments across the globe.

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Intellectual Property rights in the UK – Key things to

Details: Intellectual property (“IP”) rights are at the heart of every business. They are often a business’s most valuable assets, particularly in an increasingly digital economy, as they protect intangible property such as inventions, brands and creative works.

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Australia: Protection of vulnerable workers – proposal for

Details: In response to recent widespread media scrutiny over franchisers’ and franchisees’ failure to comply with Australian workplace laws, the Australian Liberal Party has proposed to introduce a policy to punish any employer who breaches their obligations in this regard.

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