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China: Beijing stops issuing travel permits for mainlanders visiting Taiwan

The Chinese government has stopped issuing individual travel permits for Taiwan to residents in 47 mainland cities … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Portugal: Immigrants receive 6500 euros to return to Portugal

The government has recently introduced a new scheme to encourage former residents who have lived abroad for 3+ years to return back to the country as companies are struggling to find both skilled and unskilled workers … Please login to …

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Vietnam: Improved employee rights under draft new Labour Code

The National Assembly is currently considering a draft amendment to the Labour Code that could become law in November 2019 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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USA: Trade secret implications for pay scale provisions

Writing in a recent edition of Lexology, the US law firm Crowell and Moring has wisely pointed out the implications of recent state-level pay equity and salary legislation for the protection of trade secrets … Please login to view this …

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Turkey: Higher productivity for continual growth

The World Bank has just issued a report suggesting that higher productivity is required in order for Turkey to achieve sustainable growth and improve living standards … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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United Kingdom: Bad measure of wage growth

Although the UK government is claiming that pay is now growing at the fastest rate for a decade, the claim is misleading as it does not take into account the level of price inflation that reduces the value of pay …

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Irish Republic: Labour productivity growing at three times EU rate

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has recently issued a report indicating that, between the years 2000 and 2017, labour productivity in the Irish Republic grew by an average of 3 … Please login to view this content or become a …

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USA: H-1B program users revealed in labor data

The US Department of Labor has started publically listing the end users of staff hired on H-1B visas in an attempt to name and shame companies the Trump Administration sees as depriving opportunities for American citizens … Please login to …

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Belgium: Indices of hours worked: first quarter 2019

The average number of daily working hours rose significantly (+1 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Sri Lanka: Free tourist visa facilities for 48 nationalities

Visitors from 48 countries, including India and China, EU countries, the United Kingdom (after Brexit), and the United States, will now be able to go and visit Sri Lanka for business purposes without paying visa fees … Please login to …

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Finland: Labour cost index – Q1 2019

Over the year to Q1 2019, average hourly labour costs in the private sector increased by 0 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Czech Republic: Median pay in Q1 2019

Over the year to Q1 2019, the median monthly pay level increased by 7 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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New Zealand: One in 20 employed New Zealanders are contractors

Latest figures from the Stats NZ indicate that almost 144,000 New Zealanders worked as self-employed contractors in 2018, which accounted for just over 5% of all employed people … Please login to view this content or become a member by …

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Georgia: Earnings statistics – Q1 2019

Over the year to Q1 2019, average gross monthly pay in the Black Sea state of Georgia increased by 3.2%, or 33.5 Gel (US$11.4), to 1,092.7 Gel (US$373). Disturbingly, it grew by only 1.8% to 876.1 Gel (US$299) for women,

Irish Republic: Earnings and labour costs annual – 2018

Between 2017 and 2018, average annual earnings increased by 3 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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