Time off rights

Australia: Long service leave in Western Australia – significant decision

The decision of a Full Bench of the WAIRC in Baker Hughes Australia Pty Ltd v Venier [2016] WAIRC 00843 delivered on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 is significant for employers whose employees transfer between different entities in a corporate group. … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia: Key changes to labour law

Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers has approved amendments to the Kingdom’s labour laws, but has delayed the implementation of new Saudisation requirements.

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UK: Fit for Work – employer guidance recommends review of sickness policies

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.

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Europe: EU employers face significant financial risk due to holiday pay ruling

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

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Hong Kong: Paternity leave laws in force from 27 February 2015

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

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Asia Pacific: Paying out of accrued annual leave

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.

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UK: New resources – Acas guidance on bereavement and dress codes

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.  

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UK: Shared parental leave – new guidance, and ET ruling relevant to pay enhancement

  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.

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France: Flexible working time arrangements – for businesses applying the SYNTEC collective bargaining agreement

Employer and trade union organisations in industries applying the SYNTEC collective bargaining agreement (including in particular a number of consultancy businesses and professional service firms in France) have now reached agreement on an amendment to the national collective bargaining agreement … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: New rights for working fathers

The Employment (Amendment) Bill 2014, proposing to legislate paternity leave in Hong Kong, has been gazetted today, 28 February 2014. The Bill proposes that working fathers be entitled to three days paid statutory paternity leave mirroring the arrangements applicable to … Continue reading

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