Australia: Privacy Act reform: What employers need to know

The recent spate of cyber attacks and data breaches in Australia has renewed focus on the Australian Government’s ongoing review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). The new Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, had already promised “sweeping reforms” and a suite of proposals before the end of the year. However, expectations – of both the … Read more

Australia: Victorian Fair Jobs Code: New rules for businesses tendering for Victorian Government contracts

What is the Code? The Victorian Fair Jobs Code is being introduced by the Victorian Government to ensure that suppliers tendering for Victorian Government procurement contracts and businesses applying for significant business expansion grants are treating their workers “fairly” and are abiding by industrial laws and relevant health & safety regulations. Under the Code, suppliers … Read more

Global Employment Risk: An interactive guide

Since the onset of the pandemic, our global employment team has been monitoring the level and changing nature of risks around the world.  Whilst some trends have accelerated i.e. whistleblowing regulations, there are some new and important developments that pose significant employment risks. We have mapped these across the major financial centers using an interactive … Read more

UK: recent decisions highlight importance of employers checking PHI terms

A recent Court of Appeal ruling reiterates the need for employers to ensure contractual terms setting out PHI entitlement are appropriately limited – and to take advice before making changes to PHI insurance. The ruling in Amdocs Systems Group v Langton makes clear that an employer wishing to limit PHI benefits to whatever is covered … Read more

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