Brazil

Brazil to implement a national pension reform

On 23 October 2019, the Brazilian Senate approved the final constitutional amendment of a pension reform which would: Increase workers’ pension contributions rates and requirements Create a minimum retirement age Introduce a new mechanism for benefits calculation While most provisions […]

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

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 […]

Italy

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

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 […]