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3 October 2019
Mexico: State of Nuevo León legislates for gender pay equality
The Gender Equality Law, modified by the Regional Congress on 27 September 2019 now requires public policy within Mexico’s second wealthiest state to implement gender pay equality in a way that is ‘concrete, viable, and explicit.’
2 October 2019
Great Britain : conservatives promise a minimum hourly salary of £10.50 (€11.80)
With an early general election looming, the atmosphere in the UK is increasingly geared to one-upmanship. While the Labour Party has been recently repeating its promise if it wins the election to raise the National Living Wage to £10.00 per hour (€11.24) for all (c.f. article No. 11354), Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party intends to go even further. During the annual Tory party conference in Manchester that closes on 02 October, Chancellor Sajid Javid promised the raise the minimum hourly salary to £10.50...
2 October 2019
South Korea: paternity and parental leave periods extended
On 30 September 2019, South Korea’s Labour Minister announced employees would be able to take 10 days paid paternity leave (instead of 3 previously) when their children are born. This revised legislation comes into force on 01 October 2019. To cushion the financial impact of the reform on the smallest companies, the government intends to finance five of the ten days leave. The government also intends to extend parental leave, taken by fathers and mothers. Currently parents of children aged under 8 can take a...
1 October 2019
Spain : judiciary rules that replacing employees by automation is not valid grounds for employment termination
The Las Palmas Social Chamber (Canary Islands) has ruled against the objective economic grounds that a hospitality sector business invoked in order to terminate an employee’s contract, some of whose tasks had been replaced by automated administrative software, and if upheld the payment for which would have been 20 days compensation for every career year worked. The ruling found that the termination of employment could not be based on objective economic grounds and that automating tasks in order to lower costs...
27 September 2019
France : judges open a path to circumvent the legal scale applicable to compensation for unfair dismissal
Several judges have objected to the implementation of a scale that caps the level of compensation an employer can be condemned to pay in the event of a dismissal judged to be without actual and serious basis. The measure is one of the most significant contained in French president Emmanuel Macron’s labour reform. The Court of Cassation appeared to have decided the debate, until the decision made by the appeal court in Reims on 25 September, the first of this kind taken by a court of appeal. While accepting the...
25 September 2019
Great Britain: Labour party commits to implementing a 4-day working week should it win a general election
During the annual Labour Party conference that comes to a close on 25 September, Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell stated, “the next Labour government will put in place the changes needed to reduce average full-time hours to 32 a week within the next decade. A shorter working week with no loss of pay.” UK workers currently work an average of 42.5 hours per week. Working 32 hours would be the equivalent of a 4-day week, but how the working hours would be arranged could differ per company. Warmly welcomed...
24 September 2019
Germany: incapacity for work certificates go digital
Germany’s Federal Cabinet meeting on 18 September adopted draft legislation on ‘lightening the bureaucracy’ facing businesses (Gesetzentwurf zur Bürokratieentlastung III). From among the announced measures, which will in principle allow economic agents secure annual savings of close to €1.5 billion by simplifying several existing procedures, features the digitalization of the Incapacity for Work certificate, the document that testifies to an employer as to an employee’s temporary inability to work and...
24 September 2019
Germany: partial unemployment, social partnerships, time savings accounts… Labor Minister presents his reform projects
On 20 September 2019, a year after having commenced a nationwide ‘dialogue on the future’ for Labor and the Welfare State that that was undertaken with involvement from the general public, subject matter experts, and social partner representatives, the Labor and Social Affairs Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) has used the results of this consultation as the basis upon which to formulate a series of proposals, which, inter alia, include broader partial unemployment provisions coupled with training, an extension to...
23 September 2019
Croatia: government backs down on retirement age increase amid trade union opposition
Yesterday, on 19 September, Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenkovic announced that his government would lower the retirement age back to 65, having planned to increase this to 67 as part of a pension reform. The decision to change tack comes after a petition dubbed “67 is too much”, which demanded a referendum on the matter, gathered more than 750,000 signatures in the spring of 2019 (see article n°11177). The prime minister says the move showed “that we listen to what our citizens tell us”. He added,...
23 September 2019
Austria: first collective agreement for delivery riders
On 17 September, the trade union Vida and the federation for goods transport presented the first global collective agreement for bicycle delivery riders. The deal provides for a monthly minimum gross wage of €1,506.14. It also addresses the issues of working time, paid leave and the funding of equipment. The agreement has been hailed as an important basis for beginning to transform the often-dreadful working conditions of a fiercely competitive industry. Since companies in the sector are known to favour service...