Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update November 2019

This month’s update looks at: The rise of “patahara” (paternity related harassment) in Japan, in particular the most recent legal challenge considering this issue; In Singapore, the Government’s upcoming plans to increase the retirement age and re-employment age and what employers need to do to prepare; The Indonesian government’s proposal to reform the existing labour … Read more

UK: new family-friendly rights proposed

In July 2019 the Government published its response to a consultation on extending redundancy protections to those on family leave, but without specifying any particular timetable for doing so. Currently women on maternity leave are given priority over any suitable alternative vacancies should their role be made redundant. An employer’s failure to offer any such … Read more

Middle East: The new DIFC Employment Law – 16 key changes

As we recently reported here, the new DIFC Employment Law (Employment Law, DIFC Law No. 2 of 2019) was enacted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, on 30 May 2019. The new law will come into effect … Read more

UK: Maternity redundancy protection proposals and health and safety guidance

The Women and Equalities Select Committee has published its response to the government’s consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents, supporting the proposed extension to cover the period from notification of pregnancy to six months after return from maternity leave, and agreeing its extension to other types of longer parental leave. It also recommended that large … Read more

Philippines: Working from home enshrined in legislation

On 20 December 2018 the Filipino President Duterte signed off on the Telecommuting Act, Republic Act No. 11165 (the Act), which has been informally dubbed the “working from home act”. The Act allows private sector employees to work flexibly from home or any place outside the office with an internet connection, in an effort to … Read more

UK: gender pay gap reporting deadline passes, new guidance published

The deadline for the second year’s gender pay gap reports has now passed, with roughly the same number of employers as last year’s total meeting the deadline (and almost half of them doing so in the last week).  Just over half of private companies have reported gaps that are higher or no lower than last … Read more

UK: communicating with employees on maternity leave

Employers should ensure they agree in advance how and how often they will communicate with an employee while on maternity leave (or indeed other periods of longer family-related leave), particularly if the employee will be at risk of redundancy during that period. In South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust v Jackson, the EAT ruled … Read more