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Zambia: Filling fee for employment permits significantly increased in 2021

The Department of Immigration has recently revised the filling fees for employment permits … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Israel: UAE postpones Israeli visa exemption by half year due to coronavirus

The recently concluded visa waiver agreement between the UAE and Israel is being delayed until 1st July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Bahrain: NPRA starts collecting residence permit fees

The General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) has resumed collecting fees for cancelling and extending residence permits now that the grace period has ended … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining …

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Russia: Highly qualified specialist salary notifications due 29 January 2021

Employers have until 29th January 2021 to file Q4 2020 notifications for salaries paid to foreign nationals who have been hired as highly-qualified specialists (HQS) … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Portugal: New minimum wage levels announced for 2021

The Portuguese government has just increased its minimum monthly wage levels nationwide in 2021 to €665 (US$804 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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France: The minimum wage goes to €10.25 gross per hour from January 2021

The gross monthly minimum wage for a person working 35 hours per week has now increased to €1,554 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Finland: Fees charged by the Finnish Immigration Service changed in 2021

The processing fee for paper applications in respect to residence permits submitted by employees and entrepreneurs has been increased to €690 (US$835) or €610 (US$738) this year – depending on whether the labour market test was applied … Please login …

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Taiwan: 2nd Automatic extension for validity of “speedy immigration inspection certificate for foreign frequent visitors”

The validity of “Speedy Immigration Inspection Certificates” for foreign frequent visitors, which were due to expire between August 2020 and July 2021, will be automatically extended for a further year … Please login to view this content or become a …

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Singapore: New reporting requirements announced for work pass holders

 Employers must keep up-to-date their Work Permit holders’ new residential address, or mobile number using the Online Foreign Worker Address Service (OFWAS) within 5 days of any change … Please login to view this content or become a member by …

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United Kingdom: Measures to reform post-termination non-compete clauses in contracts of employment

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued a consultation paper seeking views on non-complete and exclusivity clauses in employment contracts … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Global: Will vaccines prove effective against new strains?

There are deep concerns amongst researchers evaluating the latest E484K strains of the coronavirus that have emerged in South Africa and Brazil that current vaccines will at least be rendered less effective for some people … Please login to view …

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USA: Worker tips

It always comes as something of a shock to foreign visitors to the USA when a waiter demands at least a 20% tip … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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United Kingdom: Morrisons to be first UK supermarket to pay minimum £10 an hour

The Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons has just announced a minimum hourly pay increase from £9 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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European Union: Brexit – Will the EHIC still be valid

All European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) that were issued before the end of 2020 giving UK citizens free access to the state-provided medical treatment in any EU country, or in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, where the scheme also applies, …

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Global: Inflation

We have long been warning of a coming sharp rise in global price inflation, in spite of the economic predictions by the IMF, EU and others that it would remain low for at least the next three years … Please …

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