China: Draft implementation regulations on work safety law issued

In response to the frequent and often disastrous work-related accidents (the devastating explosion in Tianjin Port is a recent example), the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has been making efforts to enhance work safety. Following the enactment of latest amendments to the PRC Work Safety Law last year, the PRC State Administration … Read more

Russia: Higher penalties for breaches of employment legislation

On 1 January 2015 new amendments governing the liability of employers for breaches of Russian employment legislation entered into force. In particular, the general penalty for breach of employment legislation has been increased. Moreover, some new penalties have been introduced for specific types of breaches. An additional penalty for repeated breaches has also been introduced. Read more

Japan: Employers to offer stress checks to workers

From December 2015 amendments to Japan’s Industrial Safety and Health Act will require employers regularly employing 50 workers or more to offer an annual stress check to employees. This will include staff on secondment to overseas offices. Workplaces with fewer than 50 regular employees are encouraged (including subsidies), but not required, to offer the stress … Read more

UK: New resources

Acas small employers' guide on handling staff pay Acas guides explaining the rights to leave for attending antenatal and adoption appointments and on surrogacy NICE guidance to help employers improve the health and wellbeing of employees Read more