Upcoming events

We hope you can join us at our upcoming Lockton Global Benefits events! 19 November 2019: Webinar on India Global Benefits and Market Trends, 11:00 AM EST. Register here. 27-29 April 2020: Lockton Global Benefits Forum in Miami. Details and […]


Italy renews national collective bargaining agreement

On 30 July 2019, managers and industry federations renewed Italy’s National Collective Bargaining Agreement for executives/managers in the industrial sector (CCNL). The CCNL entered into force on 10 December 2014, and expired on 31 December 2018. The new CCNL agreement […]


Finland to implement new flexible working rules

The Finnish Parliament recently approved amendments to the Working Hours Act (the “Act”). The amendments will enter into force on 1 January 2020, and aim to improve employees’ work-life balance by facilitating flexible working arrangements for all employees.    Background […]


The Philippines amends alien employment permit rules

On 25 September 2019, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of the Philippines issued Advisory No. 19-08 requiring foreign nationals who are applying for Alien Employment Permits (AEP) to submit applications and pick up their AEP cards in person. […]

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico introduces a new leave right

On 1 August 2019, the government of Puerto Rico introduced a new leave for public and private sector employees to handle the effects of sexual harassment in employment, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and child abuse. Fifteen days of unpaid […]


Poland to sharply increase minimum wage

The Polish government will raise the national minimum wage by 15% in 2020 and again in 2021, followed by a 10% increase for each of the following years until 2024. Background According to the Central Statistical Office of Poland, over […]


India reduces Employees’ State Insurance contribution rates

On 1 July 2019, the Indian government lowered the rate of contribution required under the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Act 1948 to reduce employers’ financial burden and increase employees’ take-home salaries. The ESI contribution rate was reduced from a total […]


Zambia to implement a new universal health insurance

In April 2018, the government of Zambia passed a National Health Insurance Act, 2018 (the “Act”), which aims to provide mandatory universal access to healthcare for all citizens and residents age 18 and older. The commencement orders of the new […]


The Philippines reforms its universal health insurance

On 8 March 2019, the government of the Philippines passed a Universal Health Care (UHC) law which gives Filipino citizens affordable access to a full spectrum of health care including preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care for medical, dental, […]