Germany: Action required – new information requirements mean many employment contracts need to be adapted

As of August 2022, the EU Directive 2019/1152 on “transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union (Working Conditions Directive)” will be transposed into German law. This is intended to make the specific terms and conditions of employment even more transparent for the individual employee. The implementation takes place through the extension of the … Read more

Australia: Super is changing on 1 July 2022 – are you ready?

There are a raft of changes to superannuation laws that are taking effect from 1 July 2022, some of which will impact how employers make superannuation contributions on behalf of their employees. Whilst the changes themselves are relatively simple, implementing them could be considerably more complex. It’s worth taking a look at your current arrangements … Read more

Australia: Annual Wage Review 2021–22 decision

On 15 June 2022, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission handed down the Annual Wage Review 2021–22 decision awarding a 5.2% increase to the National Minimum Wage (NMW). This results in an increase of $40 per week, bringing the NMW to $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour. Read more

Hong Kong Pensions Update: Removal of MPF Offsetting Arrangements on the way

The long-awaited changes, which will abolish the current MPF offsetting arrangements against severance or long service payment, have been published, introduced and passed as one of the first bills for the 2022 legislative session. This article gives an overview of the changes and transitional arrangements. Abolishing the offsetting arrangement Currently, employers are permitted to offset … Read more

US: NLRB Poised to Revise Workplace Rules Test

In time with the political pendulum of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), the NLRB is poised to revisit the legality of many standard work rules in employee handbooks. In January, the NLRB advised it was considering revising its approach to analyzing the legality of work rules in the case Stericycle Inc., 371 NLRB No. … Read more

Australia: Top 10 Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety trends for 2022

2021 has been another turbulent year in the employment, industrial relations and safety space in Australia. We’re proud to have worked with our clients on some of their most challenging people issues including the development of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace, and underpayments. As we move into 2022 … Read more

UK: unionised employers can make direct offer of new terms to workers provided the collective bargaining process has been exhausted

The Supreme Court has ruled that a unionised employer’s direct offer of new terms to workers will not be an unlawful inducement to opt out of collective bargaining, provided the collective bargaining process has been exhausted. In Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley the employer made two separate offers directly to workers after its offer had been … Read more

South Africa: remote working issues for employers

Auditing, advisory and tax services firm PwC recently announced that 40,000 client services employees based in the US would be permitted to work virtually and live in any location in perpetuity. Those in support staff roles such as human resources and legal operations were given the option to work virtually on a full-time basis some … Read more