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Japan Legal Update - Volume 23 | March 2017

On January 20, 2017, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare issued the "Guidelines for Employers to Appropriately Manage Their Employees' Working Hours" ("Guidelines"). While the Guidelines basically follow the...more

What Are the New Changes to the U.K. Immigration Rules?

The U.K. Government made a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules on 16 March 2017 and issued an Explanatory Note shortly afterward. The changes are due to take effect from 6 April 2017 and those applying to Tier 2 of...more

France: Employees and Digital Devices Outside Working Hours, European Labour & Employment Update

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

Germany: Termination for Breach of US Regulatory Rules Not Permissible, European Labour & Employment Update

The New York State Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") required Commerzbank to terminate the employment of a Germany-based employee on the basis that he played "a central role" in the breaching of US sanctions...more

Monthly Update—Australian Labour & Employment - February 2017

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR - In this edition of the Update, we discuss two significant developments that are likely to have far-reaching impacts for employers and employees across Australia. First, we discuss the proposed...more

Top 10 Issues to Consider When Posting Workers in France

“Posting of workers,” a common practice within the European Union, refers to the assignment of an employee to work in another EU Member State (the "host country") on a temporary basis. Under this arrangement, also known as a...more

India’s Parliament Passes Increased Maternity Leave

India’s Parliament has officially passed an increase to maternity leave in India. The new law entitles most mothers to 26 weeks of paid leave...more

Saudi Ministry of Labor Restricts Terminations

On 29 January 2017, the Saudi Minister of Labor issued Resolution No. 50945 ("Resolution") restricting termination of groups of Saudi employees for redundancy. This significant development comes at a time when many employers...more

China Employment Law Alert: Chinese Employers Now Subject to New Grading System

The Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) has launched a new nationwide grading system to evaluate employers’ employment law compliance. This system has been put in place via the Measures for the...more

Beyond the Job Description – the Importance of Determining the Inherent Requirements of a Job

Returning an injured employee to the workforce can be a slow and sometimes costly process. Employers need to manage their obligation to provide all employees with a safe place to work with the need to ensure work commitments...more

Strike Out! Redundancies Permitted After Strike Action

In August 2016, workers at Anglo Amercian's German Creek coal mine in Central Queensland engaged in a protracted period of industrial action during bargaining negotiations for a new enterprise agreement. In order for mining...more

Augmentation du salaire social minimum à partir du 1er janvier 2017 / Erhöhung des Mindestlohns ab 1. Januar 2017 / Increase of...

Increase of minimum wage as of 1 January 2017 - The Law of 15 December 2016 amending article L.222-9 of the Labour Code with regard to the adaptation of the minimum wage has been adopted today. Thus, backdated to 1...more

In Germany, Allowing Employees to Post on a Company’s Facebook Page is Subject to Co-determination Rights of the Works Council

The German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) has ruled that when an employer provides Facebook users access to publish posts on the company’s Facebook page that relate to the behavior or performance of...more

[Webinar] Employment and Severance Agreements At Home and Abroad - Part 2: Employment Agreements (Two Part Series) - December 7th,...

Please join us for another of Locke Lord’s informative live webinars: a practical overview of employment agreements around the globe. On December 7th, our panel of speakers will discuss key aspects of employment agreements,...more

UAE Labor law for beginners

Employment issues in the UAE are governed by Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 regulating Labor Relations as amended by Federal Laws No. 24 of 1981, No. 15 of 1985 and No. 12 of 1986 (the “Law”). According to Article 3 of the Law,...more

Joint / Related / Common Employers: Are You at Risk

In recent years, a number of cases have emerged in both Canada and the United States discussing new implications for companies deemed to be joint and related employers. Cases both from the United States and across Canada will...more

What Are the New Changes to the U.K. Immigration Rules?

On November 3, 2016, the U.K. Government made a Statement of Changes to Parliament, setting out changes to the Immigration Rules that will go into effect November 24, 2016, including: - Closing the Tier 2 ICT Skills...more

Countries at a Glance: Ireland - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employee entitlement claims are becoming increasingly common. Employees frequently seek compensation for loss of...more

Countries at a Glance: India - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - There is a risk that benefits under a stock purchase plan could be viewed as a part of the employee's salary and...more

Countries at a Glance: Hong Kong - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employee rights to receive Plan benefits after termination are not restricted by law. However, as a precaution,...more

Countries at a Glance: France - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - To reduce the risk of potential claims from employees that they have entitlements under Plans, Plans should be...more

Countries at a Glance: United Kingdom - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Appropriate language should be included in enrolment forms stating that the employee has no rights to compensation...more

Countries at a Glance: Italy - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - It is becoming more common for employees to claim they have entitlements under Plans. The risk of employee claims for...more

Countries at a Glance: China - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - The requirement that employers in China remunerate employees in cash only, rather than in negotiable securities, is...more

Countries at a Glance: Belgium - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - To reduce the risk of potential claims from employees that they have entitlements under a Plan, employees should...more

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