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Finland: Competitiveness pact should not extend agreed working hours-Court

An agreement reached between Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, employers and trades unions representing 87% of the country’s workforce now appears to have backfired … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Russian Federation: Sovereign internet law comes into force

A law allowing Russia to operate its own free-standing Internet – the “Runet” – is now in force … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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India: No government jobs in Assam for people with more than two children

The Assam state government has issued an executive order that will deny anyone with more than two children from being hired for a government job with effect from January 1st 2021 … Please login to view this content or become …

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USA: EEOC weighs in on NLRB protections for offensive statements

The EEOC has written an amicus brief to the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) concerning the use of “profane outbursts and offensive statements of a racial or sexual nature” in the workplace … Please login to view this content or …

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Netherlands: Amendments to restructuring rules applied by the UWV

The Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) is applying new rules in respect to dismissal for economic reasons (redundancy) … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Jamaica: National minimum wage consultations finalised

The National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission has finalised its consultations and will issue its proposals for parliamentary approval early next year … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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USA: Supreme Court to take up pair of conflicting arbitration rulings

Two separate cases have been referred to the New Jersey Supreme Court to determine if a particular class of workers – interstate truck drivers – are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act and, if so, whether the New Jersey Arbitration …

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India: Telangana bus strike

The government of the southern state of Telangana has refused to follow the recommendations of the state’s High Court concerning the resolution of a dispute involving 48,000 public transport employees … Please login to view this content or become a …

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Global: Flu vaccination

Although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccination each year for everyone aged over 6 months old, large sections of every population across the northern hemisphere fail to be vaccinated each Autumn … Please login …

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Global: Christmas day

Christmas day this year falls on a Wednesday and therefore, for most employees in western countries, both days that form public holidays will fall on normal working days … Please login to view this content or become a member by …

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China: Public holidays for 2020 Spring Festival

The Spring Festival in 2020 will kick off the year of the rat and will begin on January 25th … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Rwanda: Visa-free entry for Rwandans to Qatar

Nationals of Rwanda may now enter Qatar without a visa and spend up to 30 days during a single trip or multiples ones with an option to extend their stay, on the condition of having valid passport, confirmed return ticket …

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China: Six-day visa-free transit policy effective in China’s 27 ports

With effect from December 1st 2019, the cities of Xi’an, Ningbo, Chengdu and Chongqing will be accessible for visiting citizens from 53 countries via a 144-hour (six-day) transit visa, also known as a G visa … Please login to view …

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Poland: US visa free travel for Polish citizens

Polish citizens traveling on passports with embedded computer chips, and who have successfully obtained an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) will now be able to visit the United States without a visa and stay for up to 90 days …

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Netherlands: Dutch Customs announces that non-EU company can no longer act as exporter from The Netherlands as of 1 December 2019

Another consequence of Brexit is that UK-based companies seeking to export through the Netherlands will no longer be able to be specified as the exporter on customs documents … Please login to view this content or become a member by …

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