Employment Practices


Coronavirus: What are the obligations of an employer

Lockton is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak on behalf of our clients. The situation is fast-developing, and local health agencies should be consulted for the latest news and directives. On Jan. 8, a new coronavirus, “2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV),” was identified […]


Mexico to enforce a limited use of outsourcing

On 3 December 2019, the Mexican government approved a proposed reform to amend outsourcing contracting regulations to better protect subcontractors and ensure more transparency of the outsourcing regime. The new bill would enter into effect in 2020. The exact implementation […]


The Netherlands increases health insurance premiums

The Netherlands’ 2020 budget, which passed on 1 January 2020, slightly increased health insurance premiums for the basic package by approximately EUR 37 per year. In addition, the 2020 budget lowered the discounted health insurance premium that insurance providers could […]


Japan amends Labor Standards Act compliance deadlines

Update: Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has set different compliance deadlines ranging from 1 April 2019, to 1 April 2023, for various requirements of the amended Labor Standards Act. While most provisions have already been implemented for large […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong to increase maternity leave

UPDATE On 27 December 2019, the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019 was published in the Gazette. The bill will be introduced to the Legislative Council on 8 January 2020, and will enter into force when passed by the Legislative Council. The […]

South Africa

South Africa signs Labor Laws Amendment Bill

On 23 November 2018, the Labour Laws Amendment Bill was signed into law and finally entered into effect on 1 January 2020. The amendment bill introduces new parental leave entitlements for fathers, adoptive and surrogate parents, as well as introducing […]


France implements major labor law reform

On 22 May 2019, the French government passed new legislation knows as the “Pacte law” for business growth and transformation. The new law aims to unlock the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises and to encourage pension savings and investments […]

South Korea

South Korea implements work-life balance reforms

On 2 August 2019, the Korean government passed amendments expanding employer-paid paternity leave, partially government-funded childcare leave, and unpaid family care leave. While most of the amended Act’s provisions entered into effect on 1 October 2019, other provisions will be […]

United Kingdom

Brexit and employment law

It has been more than three years since the British public voted to leave the European Union (EU), yet Brexit negotiations are still ongoing to this day. It is still unclear whether the UK parliament will ratify the Brexit agreement […]