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Welcome to our global employment law update. Drawing on our international team's experience, our aim is to keep you up to date with recent key developments to help you manage your global employment challenges. We do hope you find it useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to find out more.

Global employment update by country

North America

New NLRB guidance on workplace policies and handbooks More

Middle East

Changes to Egyptian labour law are anticipated More


South Africa
A Tobacco Bill, including a workplace smoking ban, prompts employers to review their smoking policies More

New legislation set to improve women’s rights in Tunisia More


Hong Kong and China
China abolishes work permit requirements for Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao residents and, separately, introduces the concept of tax residency; Hong Kong’s highest court recognizes same-sex marriages, plus, higher pension contributions and increased protection from discrimination and harassment are on the horizon More


European Union
The transparent and predictable working conditions draft directive should be on the radar of those employers with a casual workforce More

United Kingdom
A summary of recent British employment law developments More

Non-compete clauses in employment contracts under Swiss Law More

Court decides that a refusal to shake interviewer’s hand is protected under discrimination laws, plus new liabilities for construction contractors for unpaid sub-contractor salaries More

New joint and several liability for some transfers of undertakings More

Changes to employee food and travel allowances More

Risks relating to disguised employment under the Civil Code, plus increasing restrictions on hiring foreign employees in Russia More

Changes to the regulation of teleworking and internships, plus court case on justifying the automatic retirement of women earlier than men More

A potential threat to protecting business secrets and a new system of saving for retirement involving employer contributions More

New official guidance on the duty to reassign employees affected by business-economic dismissals, but complexity remains for international employers More

“Dignity Decree” implements significant employment law changes More

Employers should review their policies for making criminal record checks More

Labour Court decision: German employers should urgently revise their employment contracts More

Working time, well-being and the right to disconnect – recent developments in France including case law on employee suicide and employer liability More

A roundup of recent and forthcoming legislative and case law developments in Finland More

Significant changes proposed to the Danish Stock Options Act which impact employee stock option programmes More

Czech Republic
Negotiations on changing the Czech Labour Code resume, including changes to holiday calculations and the definition of TUPE/ARD transfers More

Single immigration permits for non-EU citizens expected from November 2018 More

Significant changes to Austria’s working time rules introduce greater flexibility More