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    Japan: More Flexible Family Care Leave Mandated

    ​Japan’s Ordinance for Enforcement of the Act on Child Care Leave, Caregiver Leave and Other Measures for the Welfare of Workers Caring for Children or Other Family Members has been amended to allow employees to take child care and family care leave on an hourly basis. These changes took effect Jan. 1. Existing Entitlements Employees […] More

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    Considerations for Multinational Employers: COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps

    ​As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect workplaces throughout the world, employers are considering new ways to ensure a safe workplace when employees return to the office. Outside the U.S., employers must balance their duty of care to protect the health and safety of all their employees with the need to safeguard employees’ privacy and […] More

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    10 Pitfalls When Employing Staff in Germany

    ​German employment law is complex and subject to various statutory regulations that often are widely unknown to foreign companies planning to hire staff in Germany. As German employment law additionally is said to be largely “employee protection law,” it is important for U.S. companies to be familiar with some basic issues. 1. Written employment contract. […] More

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    Saudi Arabia Introduces Significant Labor Reforms

    ​On Nov. 4, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched a labor reform initiative (LRI) to replace the existing sponsorship system (kafala in Arabic), which governs foreign worker mobility in Saudi Arabia. Prior to the reforms, foreign workers sponsored by employers in Saudi Arabia required the permission of their employer to change […] More

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    Canada’s Supreme Court Entitles Dismissed Employees to Bonuses

    ​The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled in October 2020 in favor of a former employee’s entitlement to bonus pay and other benefits after being forced out of the company. In a landmark ruling for employment law in Canada, the highest court in the country awarded a former senior executive nearly 1.1 million Canadian dollars […] More

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    Spain Adopts Decrees to Advance Gender Equality

    ​The Spanish government has adopted two complementary decrees intended to improve gender equality in the workplace. One of these decrees details requirements for employers to report compensation by gender across their workforces, and the other specifies rules for companies that must draw up negotiated equality plans. The Equality Plan Decree (Royal Decree 901/2020) and Equal […] More

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    Judge Orders DACA Program Restored

    ​A federal judge ordered the full reinstatement of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to both accept new applications and grant work permits to all eligible beneficiaries. Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for […] More

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    Reduce Risks of Working in the Heat in Australia

    ​In 2013, a construction worker named Glenn Newport was working on a coal seam gas pipeline in a remote part of inland Queensland, Australia. This was his first work shift back after some time off for personal reasons, and the temperature that day likely reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) with humidity. A safety […] More

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    EAD Approval Notices Will Not Be Accepted After Feb. 1

    ​Foreign workers will be able to continue using employment authorization document (EAD) approval notices as List C documents to establish work authorization through Feb. 1, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced. The accommodation will permit employees with approval notices to complete the I-9 verification process and begin work prior to receiving their EAD […] More

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    Walmart Executive Highlights Adjustments to Pandemic

    ​Almost overnight, the pandemic changed priorities for companies around the globe. Eduardo B. de la Garza, chief people officer and senior vice president for Walmart Mexico and Central America, discussed the company’s adjustments to the pandemic with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, at the […] More

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    Mexico’s President Introduces Proposed Subcontracting Reform

    ​On Nov. 12, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced in a press conference that he is officially introducing an initiative to Congress to reform subcontracting. If approved, the proposal would modify various laws, including the Federal Labor Law (LFT), the Social Security Law, the Law of the Institute of the National Housing Fund for […] More

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    Proceed with Caution When Remotely Monitoring Employees in the EU

    ​One effect of COVID-19 has been a sharp increase in businesses’ use of remote surveillance solutions to protect corporate resources and monitor the productivity and behavior of employees working away from the office for the foreseeable future. Although such tools can provide valuable performance insights and mitigate data loss and other risks, they can also significantly increase a business’s legal risk. […] More

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