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Kuwait: Mandatory biometrics

All citizens, residents and citizens of other Gulf Cooperative Council countries who are aged 18+ must be subject to formal fingerprinting, with the results placed on a national database … Please login to view this content or become a member …

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USA: Employers should respect ADA rights from day one of employment

A medical employee in Maryland has recently been found to have been discriminated against under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when they requested an ‘accommodation’ for their poor vision on the day they started work … Please login to …

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Italy: Working hours for part-time shift workers

Even if an employee is working within a changing or complex shift system their employment contract must nevertheless make it clear what their actual working times will be … Please login to view this content or become a member by …

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Germany: Employee may not refuse dress code based on personal taste

The Düsseldorf Regional Labour Court has found that an employee’s repeated refusal to wear protective work trousers because they were coloured red was cause enough for them to be dismissed … Please login to view this content or become a …

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European Union: Reducing workweeks

We have come a long way since the beginning of the last century when a typical European factory worker laboured for 50 or more hours per week … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining …

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Faroe Islands: Strike blocks issue of residence and work permits

According to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), no residence or work permits may be granted to any person intending to take up employment with an organization where there is a strike taking place … Please login …

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Nigeria: Negotiations stall over new minimum wage

The 31st May deadline for concluding agreement on a new minimum monthly wage came and went without anything close to an agreement … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Saudi Arabia: Relaxation of Nitaqat rules

Under current legislation, the number of foreign nationals a company may hire depends on their Nitaqat level (i … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Sierra Leone: Drug epidemic warning for employers

Although substance and alcohol abuse are not uncommon across the country, the President has issued a state of emergency over the proliferation of a new drug compound … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining …

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UAE: H1 2024 Emiratisation targets

Companies employing 50 or more workers are reminded that the 30th June 2024 will be the final deadline for achieving Emiratisation targets for the first half of 2024 (H1 2024) … Please login to view this content or become a …

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United Kingdom: Is the economy really out of the woods?

It is perhaps no coincidence that the announcement of a general election on 4th July 2024 followed the ostensible good news that UK’s GDP officially turned from contraction over the year to Q4 2023 to year-on-year growth of 0 … …

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USA: For the good of the cause

One of the surefire predictors of past recessions has been the phenomenon of the “inverted yield curve” – meaning that short-term government bond interest levels are higher than long-term bond rates … Please login to view this content or become …

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Japan: Pay hikes in major companies

The latest survey carried out by the Japan Business Federation has discovered that pay increases in the largest enterprises this Spring averaged 19,480 yen, or 5 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Italy: Managers do not enjoy employment protection as other employee

According to the Supreme Court, the grounds for a manager to be dismissed do not have to reach the exacting standards required for other types of employees … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining …

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Germany: Transparent employment terms

The Berlin-Brandenburg Regional Labour Court has ruled that where an employee is promised in their employment contract a 13th month salary “depending on the operating result” then the qualifying clause will be null and void because it lacks ‘transparency’ … …

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