Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

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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Filed under Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils, Jurisdiction: France, Redundancy, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

Singapore: Focus on fixed-term employees

On 31 July 2017 the Tripartite Alliance issued the Tripartite Standard on Employment of Term Contract Employees (First Standard), (Tripartite Standards). The Tripartite Standards are the first of five new standards seek to encourage fair and progressive labour practices in … Continue reading

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Australia: Long service leave in Victoria is about to get more flexible

Victoria’s long service leave regime is set to become more flexible for employees, with the second reading of the Long Service Leave Bill 2017 (Vic) moved today in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. The Bill proposes a number of important changes from the current 1992 … Continue reading

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Japan: 45 hour overtime cap proposed

On 5 June 2017, the committee deliberating on the proposal to cap overtime made a written submission to the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare proposing to cap overtime to 45 hours a month, with an annual cap of 360 … Continue reading

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UK: Queen’s Speech and Brexit developments

The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 set out the government’s programme for the next two years and was inevitably dominated by Brexit-related legislation. The principal bill will be the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, subsequently published on 13 July 2017, … Continue reading

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Filed under Data protection and privacy, Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), International mobility (including secondments, migrant workers, territorial jurisdiction), Jurisdiction: UK, Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

South Korea: new government announces proposals to increase support for work-life balance

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In has announced the Government's support for greater work-life balance for Korean employees, including proposals to curb Korea's notoriously long work days, broaden parental leave and ease the burden of childcare costs. Following President Moon … Continue reading

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UK: tribunal rules that failure to enhance pay for shared parental leave is sex discrimination

A tribunal has ruled that an employer’s failure to enhance pay for shared parental leave (SPL) to the same level as enhanced maternity pay is direct sex discrimination. Employers who enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay should be … Continue reading

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Singapore: Compliance checks- changes to entitlements effective 1 July 2017

Changes to shared parental leave and adoption leave entitlements as well an increase in the re-employment age ceiling will take effect from 1 July 2017. This is a good juncture for companies to review their employment policies to ensure they … Continue reading

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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

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UK: New statutory benefit and minimum wage rates confirmed

The national minimum wage increases have been confirmed: the hourly rate for those aged 25 or over will be £7.50 from April 2017. The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that, from April 2017, statutory sick pay will increase … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights