Germany: German Working Time Act Amendments – What you need to know

The draft bill looks to clarify the rules, but uncertainties remain. Introduction  Since the much-discussed decision of the German Federal Labour Court of 13 September 2022 (1 ABR 22/21), employers have been obliged to record the working hours of their staff in Germany. Although the Federal Labour Court decided on specific aspects, such as the extent … Read more

UK: Government announces plans for post-Brexit employment law reform

Update: On 12 May the Government published consultation documents including further details of the proposed reforms – see our post here. The Secretary of State for the Department for Business and Trade, Kemi Badenoch MP, has today issued a written statement announcing that the Government will replace the current sunset in the Retained EU Law … Read more

Australia: Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Protecting Worker Entitlements) Bill 2023

Labor introduced the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Protecting Worker Entitlements) Bill 2023 (PWE Bill) into Parliament yesterday. The PWE Bill contains the second tranche of amendments to the Fair Work system. We have put together a summary of the changes proposed to the Fair Work Act and related legislation that addresses the following: making changes … Read more

Hong Kong: Court of Appeal confirms that standby days are not days off

The holiday season is soon approaching and excitement is bubbling with many in Hong Kong planning to travel and celebrate with loved ones. Many employers are putting in place logistical arrangements and coordinating work cover over the holidays which involve putting employees on standby to work if needed – read on for our discussion about … Read more