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18 October 2019
Italy: boost to employee purchasing power in 2020 budget
Under the draft budget approved by Italy’s Council of Ministers, overnight between 15 and 16 October, the tax burden on employees will be reduced from next year. The measure should take effect from July 2020 and is to release some €3 billion in 2020 and between €5.5 billion and €6 billion in 2021....
17 October 2019
Chile: political conflict surrounding weekly working time
Chile’s Chamber of Deputies plenary session on 23 October promises to be a landmark assembly, for on this day the opposition-dominated chamber will likely vote for draft legislation formulated by two communist-party deputies. The text, which dates back to 2017, intends for weekly working time to fall from...
14 October 2019
Finland: 2020 budget sets aside funding to foster the recruitment of skilled workers
The government of Finland has just unveiled its budget for 2020, which includes a jobs package aimed at facilitating the recruitment of skilled workers by companies. The measures were prepared by sub-groups of the tripartite working group for promoting employment (made up of government, employers and unions). The working group will continue to focus on this topic up until April 2020. The employment package represents a further €300 million when compared to the previous budget.
14 October 2019
Germany : a net rise in regular employment?
Is German growth creating only unstable jobs or is it leading to more regular employment? To this important question, which is often exploited for political ends, Germany’s federal statistics agency offers an optimistic answer. According to figures published on 10 October, the German economy is clearly producing more regular jobs than previously. The threshold of 70% of jobs being defined as regular – in other words an open-ended employment contract for at least 21 hours a week of work – was exceeded in 2018. Currently, 70.3% of all jobs in Germany qualify as regular and it is the first time since 2002 that this proportion has been...
8 October 2019
Ireland : draft legislation under debate that would extend paid leave to new parents by two weeks
The draft ‘Parents Leave and Benefit Bill’ (c.f. document attached), brought by three Government Ministers, is currently undergoing parliamentary debate and aims to come into force on 01 November 2019. The draft Bill intends for two weeks paid ‘Parents’ leave’ for each parent, to be taken in one or two lots during the first year following a child’s birth/adoption and applies in addition to current maternity, paternity and adoptive leave entitlements. The additional leave would be paid at the same rate...
7 October 2019
South Korea : 794 workplace harassment complains lodged in two months
South Korea’s minister for labour has just published detailed figures on complaints that were lodged between 16 July, when the law prohibiting harassment in the workplace (see article n°11301) came into force, and 19 September. Verbal abuse accounts for 44.5% of the cases reported, followed by wrongful demotion (26.3%) and cases of employees being victims of rumours and isolation (11.7%). The labour ministry says 185 agents are tasked with following up these complaints, with two dedicated welcome and advice...
4 October 2019
United States : Illinois prohibits employers from asking for past salary information during recruitment
Under an amendment to the Equal Pay Act of 2003 in the US state of Illinois, which came into force on 29 September, employers and recruitment firms are now forbidden from asking for the salary history of job candidates. In a statement from 13 August, issued when the amendment was passed, the state’s governor, of the Democratic Party, said: “The idea behind the new prohibition is to help break a cycle where predominantly female and minority workers have received lower pay for performing the same or similar work...
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...