Workplace Health and Safety

France: The Loi Travail – Briefing 2

This briefing summarises the Macron reforms to consolidate works councils and other employee representative bodies, through the ordonnance on “the new organisation of social and economic dialogue and encouraging the exercise and importance of trade union responsibilities”.

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Filed under Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils, Jurisdiction: France, Workplace Health and Safety

Japan: 45 hour overtime cap proposed

On 5 June 2017, the committee deliberating on the proposal to cap overtime made a written submission to the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare proposing to cap overtime to 45 hours a month, with an annual cap of 360 … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights, Workplace Health and Safety

Australia: Health and Safety Frequency – June 2017

Welcome to Health and Safety Frequency, where we touch on legal developments in Australian health and safety from the last three months and give you some more personal insights into what we and our clients are up to in the … Continue reading

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Asia: Mandatory Employment Policies

HR practitioners will be aware that work rules are mandatory in certain jurisdictions in Asia once an employer reaches a specified number of employees. However, an often-overlooked area is whether employers must or should establish other types of employment-related policies … Continue reading

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Filed under Data protection and privacy, Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils, Jurisdiction: Asia, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment), Workplace Health and Safety

South Korea: new government announces proposals to increase support for work-life balance

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In has announced the Government's support for greater work-life balance for Korean employees, including proposals to curb Korea's notoriously long work days, broaden parental leave and ease the burden of childcare costs. Following President Moon … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights, Workplace Health and Safety

Singapore: Illegal workers – High Court holds employer liable for injuries to illegal worker

In Md Shohel Md Khobir Uddin v Chen Yongbiao and another [2017] SGHC 109, the Singapore High Court (SGHC) awarded an individual working illegally 80% of the damages claimed for personal injuries suffered as a result of an employers' negligence. … Continue reading

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Filed under International mobility (including secondments, migrant workers, territorial jurisdiction), Jurisdiction: Asia, Workplace Health and Safety

Australia: ABCC v Powell – Right of entry and the OHS Act

In an important Full Court appeal decision, Bromberg J’s decision in Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Powell [2016] FCA 1287 was overturned in the Federal Court last week. In the first instance decision, Bromberg J found that … Continue reading

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Australia: WHS Discrimination – A Question of Fact

A recent decision of the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal has considered the ‘prohibition against discrimination’ offence provisions in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (OHSA).   Judicial consideration of these provisions is rare. In the harmonised jurisdictions … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Australia, Termination of employment, Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment), Workplace Health and Safety

Japan: Combatting the overtime culture

Currently, employers are in principle prohibited from causing employees to work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Subject to a Labour Management Agreement being entered into with a union consisting of more than half the … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace Health and Safety

Singapore: Tripartism Updates

Labour policy in Singapore has long been handled collaboratively by the Government, employee unions and employers in what is known as the tripartism movement. This movement has now been formalised through the setting up of a corporate body, Tripartite Alliance … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment-related claims- procedure and form, Jurisdiction: Asia, Workplace Health and Safety