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Australia: Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018 (Cth) takes effect

On Monday 17 December 2018, the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018 (Cth) (Amending Regulation) was registered and took effect from 18 December 2018. The Amending Regulation amends the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth). The Amending Regulation is … Continue reading

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UK: Government response to sexual harassment report: New statutory Code of Practice and more consultation

The Government has today published its response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report published in July of this year (see our blog post here) on sexual harassment at work.  It has noted the lack of data and research … Continue reading

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UK: Government’s “Good Work Plan” sets out employment law reforms following the Taylor Review

The Government has today published its “vision for the future of the UK labour market”, the Good Work Plan, which builds on its earlier response to the Taylor Review (see our summary here) on the impact of digital platforms on … Continue reading

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Australia: Top 10 Trends in Employment and Industrial Relations – 2018

Just in time for your holiday reading, we’ve compiled our Top 10 Trends in employment and industrial relations in Australia for 2018. Click here to review our selection. We’d love to hear your thoughts if you have any comments.

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Australia: Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2018 receives royal assent

The Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2018 passed both houses of Parliament on Thursday 6 December 2018 and also received royal assent on Tuesday 11 December 2018. The Bill inserts a new entitlement in the National Employment Standards … Continue reading

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Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update

Authors: Fatim Jumabhoy, Partner, Singapore, Rebecca Lim, Associate, Singapore, Tess Lumsdaine, Senior Associate, Hong Kong Our penultimate e-bulletin of the year, looks at some interesting developments across the region.

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UK: workers may be entitled to carry over statutory holiday if they have not been encouraged to take it

The ECJ has ruled that workers cannot be deprived of paid statutory holiday entitlement on the termination of employment or at the end of a particular reference period or authorised carry-over period, unless the employer has ensured “specifically and transparently” … Continue reading

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UK: Discrimination – tax treatment of compensation, zero hours claims, and equal pay comparators

In Pettigrew v HMRC the First Tier Tribunal has held that settlement payments made by reference to underpaid past earnings arising out of a claim of discrimination against part-time workers were fully taxable as employment income. The appellant referred to … Continue reading

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UK: Disability discrimination – need to consider possible link between misconduct and an employee’s disability before deciding disciplinary action

When disciplining a disabled employee, employers need to consider carefully whether they should obtain medical evidence on any possible link between the employee’s actions and their disability. The Court of Appeal has upheld a tribunal ruling that an employer was liable … Continue reading

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Thailand: Respecting Workers’ Rights

Human rights continue to keep the pressure on Thailand’s fishing industry, as forced labour and exploitation claims get increasing exposure. Human rights groups continue to report of coercive labour practices in Thailand, in particular, in the fishing industry. In 2015, … Continue reading

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