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UK: Voluntary overtime and holiday pay

The UK Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that regular voluntary overtime should be included when calculating holiday pay. What constitutes “regular” will be a matter of judgment or agreement, but the ruling also has implications for other regular payments …

FedEE Customised legal service

We have just launched FedEE Law?  This provides members with customised legal services – such as the drafting of employment contracts, the drawing up company policies or reviewing and updating of employee handbooks. The new service offers a fast turnaround, …

UK: Tribunal fees discriminatory

A challenge to the lawfulness of current employment tribunal fees in respect to discrimination claims has been found, in itself, to be indirectly discriminatory by the  UK Supreme Court.The case, brought by the trades union Unison, may have the effect …

Tunisia: State control of collective bargaining

The Tunisian government has now taken control of collective bargaining in many sectors, although they still consult with “social partners” before altering pay rates. The Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed, has signed an order increasing basic gross pay rates in 21 …

EU: Brexit hits UK economy

Industrial production rose over the year to May 2017 in the European Union by 4% – with durable consumer goods (+6.8%) and capital goods (+6.1%) leading the way. All this has been achieved in a highly energy efficient way – …

Malaysia: Work permits cut

The Malaysian government has decided to stop issuing work permits for North Korean manual workers following the assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year. The North Korean economy relies …

Venezuela: Chasing runaway inflation

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered that the national minimum wage be increased again by 50% with immediate effect. He also announced his intention to crack down on economic speculation in an attempt to control prices. The latest wage hike …

Russian Federation: Ban lifted

Restrictions on the operations of Turkish companies in Russia and the ban on the employment of Turkish nationals in the country have now been lifted. Turkish business people visiting Russia for short periods are now entitled to visa-free travel.…

China: bilateral agreement

A bilateral social security agreement between China and Spain has just been signed. Under the agreement, Chinese nationals working temporarily in Spain, and Spanish nationals working temporarily on assignments in China, will both be exempt from mandatory social security contributions …

Canada: Random health checks

A number of companies, particularly in the transportation sector, have sought to introduce regular health checks for key staff. These have sometimes included policies allowing for random checks. Trade unions have generally apposed such policies. One such employer is the …

GLOBAL: New minimum maternity standard

The energy company Royal Dutch Shell has decided to introduce a worldwide minimum standard of 16 weeks paid maternity leave. The new policy will be introduced immediately, but will be fully implemented by January 1st 2018.…

SE Asia: Disabled key to GDP growth

A meeting APEC member countries has just taken place in Hà Nội, Vietnam to discuss the employment of disabled people in the region. It was concluded that although many APEC countries had laws in place to encourage the employment of …

South Korea: Policy change in prospect

The election of Moon Jae-in as President ushers in a new era of liberal politics in South Korea, just as threats from the north grow over the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile defence system. Moon promised to root out the …

Germany: Partial burqa ban

The lower house of the German federal parliament has given way to pressure from right wing populist parties by passing a ban on the wearing of the full face covering burqa and niqab by civil servants, judges and the military.  …

Australia: Goodbye 457

The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced that he is going to end the 457 via programme which has allowed employers to recruit skilled labour from overseas in recent years. The scheme allowed a worker to bring their family …