Time off rights
UK: April 2017 changes – apprenticeship levy, tribunal compensation limits, national minimum wage, statutory benefits and immigration skills charge
From 6 April 2017 UK employers with an annual pay bill of or over £3 million will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy at a rate equivalent to 0.5% of their payroll costs, subject to an offset allowance of … Continue reading
Last year the Ministry of Manpower issued an important regulation regarding religious holiday allowances, in the form of Minister of Manpower Regulation No. 6 of 2016 (Regulation 6/2016). Regulation 6/2016 revoked and replaced the previous regulation governing the issue, which … Continue reading
The decision of a Full Bench of the WAIRC in Baker Hughes Australia Pty Ltd v Venier  WAIRC 00843 delivered on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 is significant for employers whose employees transfer between different entities in a corporate group. … Continue reading
Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers has approved amendments to the Kingdom’s labour laws, but has delayed the implementation of new Saudisation requirements.
The DWP has published guidance notes on the new Fit for Work scheme being phased in over 2015, recommending that employers update their sickness absence policies. The Government has said it will confirm the timetable for implementing the scheme shortly.
In May 2014 the European Court of Justice ruled that pay for statutory holiday entitlement under the EU Working Time Directive must reflect ‘normal remuneration’ (Lock v British Gas Trading C-539/12). The implications of the ruling (not least a potentially … Continue reading
The Hong Kong Legislative Council has finally introduced laws to entitle private sector male employees to paternity leave. From 27 February 2015, male employees will be entitled to take up to three days of paternity leave in recognition of the … Continue reading
Where there has been a transfer of employment, we compare the rules in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in relation to what happens to an employee’s accrued but untaken annual leave. That comparison can be seen here.
Following the Government’s decision that it was not “feasible” to introduce a new statutory right to bereavement leave, Acas has published guidance on managing bereavement in the workplace. This sets out the statutory position, offers best practice, and includes a sample bereavement policy.
BIS has published technical guidance on the new shared parental leave (SPL) regime applicable to babies due from 5 April 2015, available here. A short guide is also available from Acas, here.