Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update December 2020

It’s the final Asia EPI e-bulletin of the year, and what a year it has been! Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month covers: the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Singapore, which considers what amounts to confidential information and what a business must show to claim damages for a breach; the changes … Read more

UK: restricting recruitment to internal ‘talent pool’ could be discrimination

Employers should assess the potential for indirect discrimination claims when deciding to limit access to certain benefits or opportunities to a particular pool of employees.  Where this puts a protected minority group at a disadvantage even inadvertently, an employer will need to be able to show that its policy was a proportionate means of achieving … Read more

Indonesia Omnibus Law insights: Are the labour reforms really pro-employer?

On 5 October 2020, Indonesia’s Parliament passed the Omnibus Law (2020 Job Creation Law), introducing significant amendments in a range of areas, including Indonesia’s laws on investment, employment, immigration, environmental standards, business licensing and building permits. The law is now awaiting the signature of the President. If the President fails to sign the law within … Read more

Spain: new regulations on equality plans and equal pay between men and women

On 14 October Spain’s Official State Journal (BOE) published two new Royal Decrees on equality: Royal Decree 902/2020, of 13 October, on equal pay between women and men (RD 902/2020) and Royal Decree 901/2020, of 13 October, which regulates equality plans and their registration and which modifies Royal Decree 713/2010, of 28 May, on the … Read more

UK: Tribunal rules that belief that gender cannot be fluid is protectable

An employment tribunal has ruled that a Christian employee’s beliefs that gender cannot be fluid and that an individual cannot change their biological sex or gender were worthy of respect in a democratic society and could therefore be protected beliefs under the Equality Act 2010. (Higgs v Farmor’s School) The tribunal found on the facts … Read more