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Global employment and labour law update, June 2017

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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


Hong Kong
Employee reinstatement proposal gets go-ahead, plus same sex marriage developments

China’s new Cybersecurity Law affects employee data transfers outside of China

North America

OSHA delays workplace illness and injuries electronic reporting rule

Middle East

Saudi Arabia
Changes to employment regulation in Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates
Emiratisation updates for private sector employers


South Africa
Summary dismissal and witchcraft in the workplace


European Union
Twelve month countdown to the General Data Protection Regulation begins, plus proposed new work-life balance directive

Changes to the dismissal protection for older employees and to the employment of non-EEA workers

New legislation gives employers and employees greater flexibility, including in relation to hours of work

Czech Republic
Employers must revise their zero tolerance alcohol policies following Supreme Court decision

Management Board members became eligible for unemployment insurance benefit

Recent changes to ease administrative and financial burdens on employers

A new president: new plans for employment law

Recent changes to Hungarian employment law including changes pregnant worker protection and extended rest periods

New protections for the self-employed and agile workers

Changes to the protection of pregnant and breastfeeding women, the employment of temporary agency workers and a lowering of the retirement age

Slovak Republic
EU legislation implemented on the assignment of non-EU nationals under intra-company transfers

Supreme Court releases companies from the obligation to record daily working hours

New labour court rulings on religious belief discrimination and holding ex-employees to account for setting up a competing business

Employer ordered to pay more than USD 4m for disparaging former employee

United Kingdom
The election, Brexit, gender pay gaps, modern slavery and litigation alleging misclassification of employment status are all hot HR topics in our update

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