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Upcoming events

We hope you can join us at our upcoming Lockton Global Benefits events! 5 September 2019: Webinar on Singapore Global Benefits and Market Trends, 10:00 AM EDT. Register here. 19 November 2019: Webinar on India Global Benefits and Market Trends, […]

Canada

British Columbia launches a new employer health tax

On 1 January 2019, the government of British Columbia (BC) launched a new Employer Health Tax (EHT) to shift the health care system financial burden from employees to employers. The EHT is a tax levied on an annual payroll for […]

Australia

Australia increases minimum wage

The Australian Fair Work Commission (FWC) increased the national minimum wage and modern award minimum wages by 3%, effective 1 July 2019. Background For the past few years, the government of Australia has been increasing the minimum wage to a […]

Ireland

Ireland to expand paid and unpaid parental leave benefits

The Irish government is introducing two changes to expand family leave benefits. The first change, the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019, or “the Act,” will extend the existing unpaid parental leave for each child from 18 weeks to 26 weeks. […]

UAE

UAE introduces a new employment law

On 30 May 2019, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) enacted a new employment law which introduces statutory paternity leave and amends several provisions of the existing 2005 employment law, including sick leave pay and paid time off. The 2019 […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong introduces individual voluntary health insurance scheme

On 1 April 2019, the government of Hong Kong introduced a new individual Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS). This legislation aims to offer consumers additional choices through private healthcare services, alleviate the burden on the public healthcare system and encourage […]

Mexico

Mexico addresses work-related psychological risks

The government of Mexico adopted a new regulation to identify, prevent and address psychological risk factors in the workplace. Regulation NOM-035-STPS-2018 was published in the Federal Official Gazette on 23 October 2018, and will enter into force on 23 October […]