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USA: Strike activity rose by 50% between 2021 and 2022

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New Zealand: Employee denied application for interim reinstatement, largely due to post-dismissal conduct

In this case, the employee was dismissed because he didn’t comply with the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for his current role … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Australia: Professional Employees Award to be amended to impose overtime and penalty rates for employers in IT, science and engineering

This award applies to highly-skilled IT, engineering and scientific professionals not normally covered by the generality of modern awards … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Norway: Proposed changes to the Working Environment Act

Proposition 14 L is the fore-runner of a formal amendment that includes a more detailed definition of employee, as distinct from a contractor or consultant … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Slovak Republic: New employment services portal

The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family has launched an improved jobs portal – www … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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USA: Union membership rate hits all-time low of 10.1% in 2022

Although union membership grew in absolute terms last year, it fell from 10 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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South Korea: Government suggests increasing overtime limit from 52 to 69 hours a week

Legislation has been drawn up to increase the maximum working week to 69 hours … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Philippines: GDP growth accelerated to 7.6% in 2022

Economy grows the fastest in almost 50 years, but largely due to bounce back … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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China: Economy slows sharply in Q4 2022 growth one of the worst on record

Even in normal times – before the pandemic struck – annual economic growth appeared to be carefully managed to come close to the officially planned outcome of 6-7% … Please login to view this content or become a member by …

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Luxembourg: National Employment Agency jobs database grew by 32% in December 2022.

The most sought after positions were in research and development, accounting, secretarial work, ‘credit and banking risk analysis’, consulting and project management for information systems … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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USA: EEOC issues guidance on auditory workplace disability

Hearing impairments, to the point of deafness or near deafness, currently affect 15% of all adults in the USA … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Vietnam: Decree still awaited on new workplace representation rights

Amendments to the Labour Code in 2019 established a new set of rights for enterprise-level employee organisations that will become the default body for representation, rather than trade unions … Please login to view this content or become a member …

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Japan: Declining birth rate could threaten the economy

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has warned that the sharp decline in the birth rate to less than half its rate 50 years ago is placing a great burden on the younger population to support the increasing number of retired people …

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Germany: Concealing pregnancy is not fraudulent misrepresentation

The declaration of pregnancy after signing an employment contract is not fraudulent misrepresentation … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Italy: Crimes committed prior to employment relationship justify dismissal

An employer may lawfully dismiss an employee for crimes committed in their previous employment … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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