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Panama’s Paid Paternity Leave Law Takes Effect

Paternity leave is on the rise globally as cultural attitudes shift in favor of fathers taking a more active role in parenting. On May 24, 2017, the Republic of Panama became the latest member of a growing group of countries...more

Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act Aims to Close Gender Pay Gap

On March 8, 2017, Puerto Rico continued the overhaul of its employment laws by enacting, with immediate effect, Act No. 16, known as the “Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act.” The act is not only similar to the federal Equal Pay Act of...more

Puerto Rico Redesigns its Business Environment Through an Overhaul of its Employment Regime

In an effort to become more competitive in the face of a flagging economy, an attractive jurisdiction for establishing businesses and creating employment opportunities, and to increase talent acquisition and retention...more

You’re Fired! How the At-Will Employment Doctrine Separates the U.S. From Many Foreign Nations

As the United States is transitioning to a new administration led by Donald Trump who will serve as the 45th President of the United States, much of the international community is struggling to come to grips with the global...more

11/14/2016  /  At-Will Employment , Austria , Canada , Mexico

Historic FCPA Settlement Reflects Increased Regulatory Focus on International Anticorruption Issues Arising from M&A Transactions

Most employers already know that violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) has serious consequences, including significant fines. Those potential fines just got even heavier. On February 18, 2016, the U.S....more

The High Costs of Violating Puerto Rico’s Breastfeeding in the Workplace Law: Supreme Court Decides Right to Privacy Claim

Protections for breastfeeding employees in Puerto Rico just became even stronger. A recent ruling from Puerto Rico’s highest court in Siaca v. Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club, LLC, held that failing to provide a safe, private,...more

South Africa’s Labour Court Rules Garden Leave and Noncompetition Clauses Enforceable

On February 9, 2016, in a victory for South African employers, South Africa’s Labour Court in Johannesburg addressed for the first time the applicability of garden leave in assessing the reasonableness of a post-termination...more

Puerto Rico's Qualifying Employees May Use Paid Sick Leave to Care for Others

Effective December 31, 2015, all employers in Puerto Rico with at least 16 employees must allow eligible employees to use up to 5 paid sick leave days to care for an ill spouse, parent, or child. Eligible employees are those...more

India Eases Rules for Foreign Investment in LLPs

India has relaxed its rules for foreign direct investments (FDI) for limited liability partnerships (LLPs), with a recent abolishment of the requirement of regulatory approval for a foreign-invested LLP in India. This change...more

Puerto Rico Bans Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment

Last week, on May 29, 2013, Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro García Padilla, signed S.B. 238 into law enacting Act No. 22, which prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, both in the...more

Termination Notice Periods Extended in Brazil—With Retroactive Effect!

Terminations in Brazil are tricky enough. If “just cause”—which is statutorily established and defined—does not exist, an employer can be on the hook for quite a bit, including indemnities and taxes tied to the balance in the...more

Labor Reform Bill Passed in Mexico—What it Means for Employers Doing Business in Mexico

On November 13, 2012, for the first time in 40 years, after extensive consideration by both Mexico’s House of Representatives and its Senate, the Senate approved a significant labor reform bill, with far-reaching and...more

Mexico Revamps Its Labor Law, Creating Increased Protection For Employees And Greater Clarity For Employers

On November 13, 2012, for the first time in 40 years, after extensive consideration by both Mexico’s House of Representatives and its Senate, the Senate approved a significant labor reform bill, with far-reaching and...more

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