Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

UK: proposals to extend redundancy protection for employees who are pregnant or returning from maternity leave

The Government has published a consultation until 5 April 2019 on proposals to extend the current period of protection for women on maternity leave during which they are given priority over any suitable alternative vacancies should their role be made … 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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Hong Kong: Proposed changes to discrimination laws

On 30 November 2018, legislation was gazetted which proposes various amendments to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Family Status Discrimination Ordinance and the Race Discrimination Ordinance. The proposed amendments reflect eight of the recommendations from the Equal Opportunities … Continue reading

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Thailand: Proposed Amendments to the Labour Protection Act

On 21 September 2018, the Minister of Labour announced the National Legislative Assembly’s (“NLA“) in principle approval of the draft amendment (“Draft Amendment“) to the Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998) (“Act“). Key changes and implications for employers are discussed … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Proposed Changes to Laws Impacting Employers

In the 2018 Policy Address on 10 October 2018, the Chief Executive of the HKSAR Carrie Lam announced several key proposals in respect of benefits available to employees under Hong Kong law.

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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: further detail on parental bereavement rights published

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill received Royal Assent in September and is expected to come into force in 2020.  It provides for 2 weeks’ leave (paid if eligible) for parents who lose a child under the age of … Continue reading

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UK: new government proposals covering tips, job adverts and publication of parental leave and pay policies

On 1 October 2018 the government announced new measures to support workers: New legislation is “to be introduced at the earliest opportunity” to ensure that tips left for workers will go to them in full. The government will consider creating a … Continue reading

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UK: Diversity Developments – presentation of pay gap data, proposals on parental leave and dress code guidance

The Government Equalities Office has published the findings of a commissioned study (here) concluding that the clearest and most accessible way of presenting gender pay gap figures is to display them visually as coins or as the amount which women … Continue reading

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Australia: What employers need to know about upcoming changes to long service leave in Victoria

Victoria introduces new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Act) In our previous post here, we discussed the proposed changes to existing long service leave entitlements for Victorian employees. Since then, minor amendments to the Bill were introduced and on 8 … Continue reading

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