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Hong Kong: Local contract

When a foreign employee is hired to work in Hong Kong, considerable attention needs to be given to the prevailing law under which their contract is written … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining …

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USA: California enacts new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave law

Although the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act does not apply to employers with 500 or more employees, California‘s Bill AB 1867 now requires large employers to provide 80 hours of COVID-19 supplementary paid sick leave … Please login to …

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Canada: Ontario increasing its health and safety inspectors

The number of frontline health and safety inspectors is set soon to rise in Ontario by 98 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Philippines: BI eases requirements for departing aliens to prevent crowding in immigration offices

Effective until 31st December 2020, foreigners with visas approved by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) are allowed to leave the country before they have been issued with their alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card) … Please login to …

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Spain: Hourly labour cost during the pandemic

The reduction of the working day over the course of the pandemic has had the curious effect of increasing the cost per hour worked in Spain by 8 … Please login to view this content or become a member by …

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Germany: Termination due to breach of the duty to notify

According to a Federal Labour Court ruling [BAG 7 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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New Zealand: Early return to work while on parental leave

Normally, an employee on parental leave may only return to work on a paid basis for short “keeping in touch” periods that collectively should not exceed 64 hours … Please login to view this content or become a member by …

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USA: Oregon’s workplace fairness act requirements take effect October 1, 2020

1st October 2020 is the effective day for Oregon‘s Workplace Fairness Act … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Myanmar: Ratification of the minimum age convention

It is ironic that Myanmar is the latest country to sign the ILO Minimum Age Convention 138 which commits its signatories to ban child labour … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Hong Kong: HK-Macao tax arrangement in force

A Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) with Macao is now in force for periods beginning on or after 1st April 2021 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Spain: Key reforms on way

The national government has in its sights four reforms that it wishes to make by the start of next year … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Germany: 4-day week

Informal discussions are taking place between the automotive manufacturer Opel and the trade Union IG Metall on a permanent arrangement for a four-day week after the health crisis is over … Please login to view this content or become a …

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Australia: Applicant entitled to annual bonus after meeting performance indicators

When faced with the mounting cost of redundancy packages, employers should take care when seeking to use timing stratagems and other side-stepping devices in an attempt to avoid bonus payments … Please login to view this content or become a …

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China: ByteDance gives bonuses to staff after TikTok turbulence

Full-time employees in ByteDance (a Chinese multinational internet technology company and owner of TikTok) who have worked for 26 or more working days between July to August 2020 will receive a special bonus amounting to half of their August 2020 …

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USA: Safe to Work Bill

Although some distance away in Congress, employers should anticipate the passage of the Safe to Work Bill … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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