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Global employment and labor law update, January 2018

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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


Changes to statutory severance calculations and to work authorization policies to bring in more foreign talent, plus China public holidays for 2018 More

Hong Kong
Increasing paternity leave and the prospect of extending maternity leave, foreign same-sex marriages recognized for visas, plus modern slavery legislation and offsetting payments against pensions contributions will be abolished More

A public consultation on potential changes to the Singapore Employment Act More

North America

Employers should review their employee settlement agreements following the tax bill change More

Middle East

United Arab Emirates
UAE employment visas now conditional upon obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct and Behaviour More


Benin, Senegal, Tunisia
Recent developments in Benin, Senegal and Tunisia including: changes to employment contracts and sectoral collective agreements, plus a new law combating violence against women More


European Union
European Court allows claim for 13 years of holiday back pay plus new EU employment laws on the horizon More

United Kingdom
Progress on Brexit and citizens’ rights plus pressure is mounting on employers over gender pay gap reporting and a look forward to employment law developments in 2018 More

The importance of HR files: rights and duties in Switzerland More

Company wins damages against trade union for industrial action breaching the European Convention on Human Rights, plus case law on non-compete clauses and religious discrimination More

Employers given more time to register employees to avoid illegal employment status More

Undeclared work in Romania: rules and fines tightened for employers, plus new requirements for concluding employment contracts, changes to contracts and keeping working time records More

New protection for whistleblowers, plus Sunday and public holiday shopping to be prohibited More

New Government proposes changes to Dutch employment law including a new cumulative ground for dismissal and changes to: statutory severance payments, fixed term and zero hour contracts, probationary periods, family leave and the self-employed More

Whistleblowing protection extended to employees in the private sector More

Changes introduced aimed at protecting the health of workers, plus trade union officers are now included as ‘employee representatives’ More

Changes to skilled intra-corporate transfers from outside the EU have been implemented in Germany More

Macron’s labour reforms are in effect and further changes are expected More

New law on intra-corporate transfers provides enhanced mobility within the EU for third-country nationals More

Government approves changes to occupational health and safety penalties and administration More

Czech Republic
New Czech paternity benefit for new fathers More

New measure to allow staff bonuses outside the current pay rise cap More

Longer notice periods for part-time white-collar employees and new class action and injunctive relief rights for those with disabilities More