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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 …

Philippines: Strong job growth

Labour growth in the national capital region stood at 3.36% in Q4 2016, up from 0.62 in the equivalent period a year earlier. Although 7.79% of workers left their jobs during the quarter, the accession rate was 11.14%. The improvement …

Ireland: Employee tips distribution

A new national minimum wage bill has been introduced into the Irish Dáil (lower house of parliament) that is designed to ensure that employees in the service sector receive in full any tips or service charge payments left by customers. …

Brazil: Labour reforms introduced

A controversial labour law has now been signed by Brazil’s President Michel Temer. It opens up Brazil as an outsourcing centre with only minimal restrictions and introduces a minimum 25-year contribution period before anyone may receive a state pension. Retirement …

Iran: 14.5% hike in minimum pay

The workers’ minimum wage in Iran has been raised by 14.5% to 9.3 million rials (US$286.91) per month. The Supreme Labour Council also agreed a living monthly wage of 24.8 million rials (US$768.65), based on a family averaging three and …

Canada: Review of labour law

Alberta’s Labour Minister, Christina Gray, has launched a review of the Employment Standards and Labour Relations Codes. Neither measure has been fundamentally changed in over three decades and there is concern that, in particular, the legal framework for maternity and …

USA: Travel ban blocked

A second executive order banning immigration from a number of Islamic countries has been temporarily blocked by federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii. It now remains uncertain how far the new US administration can go to control immigration.…

Scotland: Referendum on independence

11.45am: The Scottish First Minister has confirmed that she will be seeking a Section 30 order to allow a second referendum on membership of the United Kingdom between the Autumn of 2018 and the Spring of 2019. This means that …