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Global: Globalization

The headline in a recent issue of the respected journal “Foreign Affairs” questions whether the pandemic has put an end to globalization – the very bed rock on which multinationals are built … Please login to view this content or …

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United Kingdom: Coronavirus: who are the key workers on Covid-19 list?

The Department of Education has published a list of workers whose children must be still provided with schooling now that state schools have closed … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Romania: National minimum gross base salary increased for 2020

The national minimum monthly wage has risen by 7 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Poland: PGG miners sign 6-pct wage hike deal with management

Under the newly concluded wage agreement between the Polish Mining Group (PGG) and unions, face and underground support workers at PGG will now see an immediate average 6% gross monthly pay increase – from PLN 7,386 (US$1,870) to PLN 7,829 …

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China: The worst is behind China

The Financial Times newspaper has constructed its own index of the Chinese economy and tracked it since the start of 2020 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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United Kingdom: Employers need to prepare for April 2020 changes

The way annual leave is calculated will change on April 6th 2020 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Irish Republic: RTÉ to pay €100,000 to compulsorily retired ex-employee

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has ordered RTÉ to pay €100,000 (US$113,108) to a former senior producer for age-related discrimination, after forcing her to retire at 65 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining …

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Germany: Business activity plummets in March 2020

Commerzbank has predicted that Germany could slightly recover in the second half of the year, provided the virus is contained during the next few months … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Singapore: Pass applications to no longer be sent by SingPost

With effect from April 3rd 2020, employment pass applications must be submitted electronically … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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China: Employers may sign written labor contracts in electronic form

Employers may now lawfully issue labour contracts and have them signed electronically by new hires … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Europe: Legal lockdown tracker for employers

FedEE’s easy to track review of emergency measures being taken in several key western European states is now available … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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China: Government cuts companies’ insurance costs

SME’s do not have to pay the basic pension, unemployment and work-related injury insurances for their employees from February until June 2020 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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European Union: GDPR and COVID-19

There are a number of data protection concerns that should be addressed by employers relating to the exceptional handling of health data in the context of the current pandemic … Please login to view this content or become a member …

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Irish Republic: Special unemployment benefits

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has introduced a simplified system for the payment of special unemployment benefits for anyone whose employer is unable to pay them (or pay them in full) because their business has been hit …

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United Kingdom: Coronavirus response – Statutory sick pay available from day one

The latest government guidance if employees feel unwell, with a continuous cough or a high temperature, is to send them home … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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