UK: HSF Global Guide to Whistleblowing

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the first edition of a Global Guide to Whistleblowing, providing a quick reference guide to the law and culture around employees 'blowing the whistle' in 40 key jurisdictions covering in EMEA, the Americas and Asia… Read more

UK: New publications

GEO new guide for employers on Recruitment and Retention of Transgender Staff. Guidance from the Committee on Standards in Public Life on how public authorities and companies offering outsourced public services can maintain ethical standards, including recommendations to implement a… Read more

Thailand: Test for employment relationship

Employers may sometimes try to avoid statutory obligations under Thai labour law by entering into contractor agreements instead of employment agreements. Under Thai labour law, employees are entitled to certain statutory entitlements including public holidays, annual leave, maternity leave and… Read more

Spain: Consolidation of labour law

On 23 October 2015, the Spanish Council of Ministers approved Legislative Royal Decree 2/2015, of 23 October, which approves the amended Spanish Workers' Statute. The Royal Decree is fully in force to the extent that it brings together provisions that… Read more

Singapore: Responding to mass resignations

In a recent decision, the Singapore High Court (SGHC) declined to grant a "springboard injunction" to an employer who sought to prevent a number of its employees taking up employment with a competitor by relying on alleged breaches of fiduciary… Read more

UK: New resources

BIS guide for employers on zero-hours contracts.  The Government has also published draft regulations to provide remedies to those on zero hours contracts who are dismissed or subjected to a detriment for breaching an exclusivity clause. Dismissal for this reason… Read more

UK: New FCA and PRA whistleblowing rules

The FCA and the PRA have both published policy statements on their new rules on whistleblowing: FCA policy statement (PS15/24) entitled "Whistleblowing in deposit-takers, PRA-designated investment firms and insurers"; and PRA policy statement (PS24/15), also entitled "Whistleblowing in deposit-takers, PRA-designated… Read more

UK: Employment law changes in October

On 1 October 2015 the following changes came into force: New national minimum wage rates, the adult rate increasing from £6.50 to £6.70 an hour. Employment tribunals have lost their power to make wider recommendations for employers to take remedial… Read more

France: Macron law adopted

Law n°2015 990 for growth, activity and equality of economic opportunities, the Macron Law, was finally adopted on 6 August 2015. This law covers a wide range of matters from Sunday working, reform of regulated legal professions to driving licences.… Read more

UK: HR advice on disciplinary matters should be limited

HR should ensure that, when advising managers investigating or deciding on disciplinary matters, their advice is limited to matters of law and procedure, for example, to ensure all necessary issues have been addressed clearly;  they should not advise on culpability or… Read more