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Global employment update, February 2017

  • United Kingdom
  • Employment law

01-02-2017

Welcome to our global employment law update. Drawing on our international expertise, 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

Asia

China
New ‘name and shame’ regime for breaches of labour law now in force

Hong Kong
Big changes for pension and severance payments in the pipeline

Singapore
A new duty to notify retrenchments (redundancies) and changes to the rules on the re-employment of older employees

Middle East

Qatar
Employers have until June 2017 to comply with the new data protection

United Arab Emirates
Changes to the UAE Penal Code – implications for employers and employees

Africa

South Africa
New parental leave proposal

Europe

European Union
Potential EU policy and case law developments anticipated in 2017

United Kingdom
Looking ahead at gender pay gap reporting and other changes in 2017

Switzerland
Landmark court decision on reasons for dismissal

Sweden
Changes to discrimination and whistleblowing measures, plus a proposal to amend the Posting of Workers Act

Spain
Paternity leave extended to four weeks, plus a significant disability discrimination judgment

Slovak Republic
Significant increases in employment costs during 2017

Romania
Court clarifies when an employer can terminate employment by email, plus tax changes will have implications for employment costs

Poland
January 2017 employment law changes including: appeals against dismissal, internal regulations, work certificates and minimum hourly rates of pay

Netherlands
Court of Appeal judgment acts as a warning to multinationals to consult the works council in time

Italy
A summary of new employment rules introduced for posted workers in Italy

Ireland
Whistleblowing two years on: penalties and injunctions on the rise

Germany
Germany takes transparency steps to close the gender pay gap France What does the “right to disconnect” mean for employers?

France
What does the "right to disconnect" mean for employers?

Finland
Multiple employment law changes take effect in Finland from 1 January 2017

Estonia
New legislation on posted workers

Czech Republic
Changes in employee representation on supervisory boards

Austria
Phased returns to work after long-term sickness, plus fines for non-compliance with quotas for disabled employees

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