Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils

France: The Loi Travail – Briefing 2

This briefing summarises the Macron reforms to consolidate works councils and other employee representative bodies, through the ordonnance on “the new organisation of social and economic dialogue and encouraging the exercise and importance of trade union responsibilities”.

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France: The Loi Travail – Introduction

One of Emmanuel Macron’s key campaign promises was the reform of laws relating to employees partly, in order to help French companies respond in a more flexible manner to the challenges they are facing to become more competitive in the … Continue reading

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Australia: Queensland Labour Hire Licensing Bill passes

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 was passed late on 7 September by the Queensland Parliament, with the legislation set to commence in the first half of 2018 (though a formal commencement date is yet to be proclaimed). A brief … Continue reading

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UK: Government sets out corporate governance reforms

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published its response paper on UK corporate governance reform. The response paper follows the green paper which it published in November 2016 seeking views on reform measures.

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Australia: Federal Court clarifies right of entry to hold discussions

The Federal Court has clarified that a right of entry to hold discussions with relevant employees under section 484 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) cannot be exercised before or after those employees’ scheduled working hours.1

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Hong Kong: Apology legislation – unlocking the power of “sorry”

By its very nature, the relationship between employer and employee is unique. Employment provides not only financial rewards, but can be a source of social status and a measure of self-worth. It is hardly surprising then, that when a dispute … Continue reading

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Australia: Latest data on enterprise bargaining wages trends – March 2017 quarter

The ‘Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining’ report for January-March 2017 was released by the Department of Employment yesterday. This data is a valuable tool for benchmarking during any enterprise agreement negotiations you have coming up. The latest report reveals that: Across … Continue reading

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Australia: New corrupting benefits legislation – what do employers need to know now?

Employers will have to adopt strict safeguards and auditing measures to ensure compliance with the new corrupting benefits legislation which commences on 11 September 2017. The Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017 (Cth) enacts recommendations arising out of the Heydon Royal … Continue reading

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Australia: Banking and Finance Bargaining Update

Issue #1 2017 In this edition we will discuss the Senate Committee Inquiry into corporate avoidance of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), the progress of the Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017 (Cth) as well as trends in … Continue reading

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Asia: Mandatory Employment Policies

HR practitioners will be aware that work rules are mandatory in certain jurisdictions in Asia once an employer reaches a specified number of employees. However, an often-overlooked area is whether employers must or should establish other types of employment-related policies … Continue reading

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