France: Recent and Upcoming Labour Reforms

Several important employment law reforms have come into force recently or will come into force shortly, both at the EU and French level. Below are some of the changes to expect for 2019: ... Read more

France: Gender Pay Gap

A recent law (law n°2018-771 dated 5 September 2018) has implemented a new obligation for companies of more than 50 employees to publish each year (through their website or by any means as long as their employees are informed of… Read more

Taiwan: Hiring Disabled Employees

In a bid to increase the diversity of workforces, and increase access to employment for those with disabilities, Taiwan has a quota for the number of disabled employees. We take a look at how this works in practice. ... Read more

Korea: More Changes To The Employment Regime

South Korea continues to overhaul its labour and employment landscape. We look at some upcoming changes to the notice of dismissal provisions and the prohibition of workplace harassment rules – both effective this year. ... Read more

UK: voluntary reporting on disability and wellbeing

The Government has published a framework for large employers to report voluntarily on disability, mental health and wellbeing in their workplace. It suggests that employers publish a narrative explaining their activities in relation to the recruitment and retention of disabled… Read more

Hong Kong: Proposed changes to discrimination laws

On 30 November 2018, legislation was gazetted which proposes various amendments to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Family Status Discrimination Ordinance and the Race Discrimination Ordinance. The proposed amendments reflect eight of the recommendations from the Equal Opportunities… Read more

UK: gender pay gap news

The Government Equalities Office has published a summary of the 2017/18 gender pay gap data submitted by employers as at May 2018, along with an Interim Gender Pay Gap Employer Insights Survey conducted at the end of 2017. The summary… Read more

Japan: Increased Protection for Fixed Term Employees

In an earlier bulletin, we looked at a landmark Tokyo District Court decision that clarified the circumstances under which benefits given to permanent employees but not to fixed term employees could amount to "unreasonable differences" in labour conditions, which are… Read more

UK: Government consults on mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting

The Government has published a consultation on ethnicity pay reporting, making clear its position that this should become mandatory (possibly subject to a trial or phased approach with 'early adopters'). The consultation is open until 11 January 2019. The consultation… Read more

UK: Supreme Court rules in the ‘gay cake’ case

In the much-publicised judgment in Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd, the Supreme Court has ruled that it was not unlawful direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation for a bakery to refuse to bake a cake bearing the… Read more

UK: revised corporate governance code

The FRC has published a new version of the UK Corporate Governance Code applicable to accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019. The changes include a requirement to have a board-monitored whistleblowing mechanism and a mechanism for workforce… Read more

UK: consultation on transgender law

The Government Equalities Office is consulting until 19 October on its proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and make it easier for a trans person to obtain a gender recognition certificate. The consultation also considers issues for non-binary… Read more

UK: no new caste law

The Government Equalities Office has published its response to a consultation on how best to address caste discrimination in Britain, concluding that this is best dealt with by case law and that it will remove the Equality Act obligation to… Read more