UK: TUPE reforms to come into force on 31 January 2014

On 17 December 2013, BIS published its seventh statement of new regulation, which confirms that the new TUPE regulations (so far only published in draft - see here) will come into force on 31 January 2014.  The final regulations are… Read more

Australia: Coalition Government begins to implement pre-election policies

Australia’s recently-elected Federal Coalition Government has begun implementing its pre-election policy relating to employment and workplace relations. Two bills recently released by the Coalition Government seek to increase regulation and accountability in the building and construction industry and within registered organisations.… Read more

Australia: Billabong’s executive retention arrangements

Executives are sometimes offered retention arrangements if a change of control is on the cards. Sometimes this leads to criticism, as in Billabong’s case. Despite that, these arrangements can be essential for a company facing a takeover bid. When Billabong… Read more

UK: Whistleblowing Commission Report

Earlier this year, with the help of some of our clients, we responded to a consultation paper produced by the Whistleblowing Commission.   The Commission was established up by the whistleblowing charity, Public Concern at Work, to review the effectiveness of… Read more

UK: New resources

Our global EPI team has produced a guide to employee issues on a multi-jurisdiction business transfer, to assist our clients in meeting some of these challenges. The guide contains an overview setting out key practical steps that can be taken… Read more

UK: Pregnancy discrimination – EHRC launch research project

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is launching a comprehensive research project into the extent, causes and effects of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace.  See here for details. The EHRC notes that education for both employers and employees nationally… Read more

UK: TUPE reform – draft regulations published

On 31 October the Government published draft regulations to amend TUPE, available here. These are not yet finalised or agreed with Ministers. The Government intends to lay the regulations before Parliament in December 2013 and bring them into force in… Read more

Japan: Yet more potential labour law reform

Following the recent election the government is again examining ways of introducing more flexibility in employment contracts. The government proposes to specify certain organisations, namely those with a high proportion of employees who are foreign nationals, and those which have… Read more

Indonesia: Update on outsourcing

In our April e-bulletin, we provided an update on recent regulatory developments in Indonesia that limit outsourcing by companies by restricting the occupations in which outsourcing may be implemented. Here we consider how Ministry of Manpower Regulation 19 of 2012 (Regulation… Read more

Africa: Regulations governing women in the workforce

Investment opportunities are increasing in Sub-Saharan Africa and multinational employers need to be aware of some very different employment law regimes, for example in relation to restrictions on the work women can do (as highlighted by a recent report from the… Read more