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9 June 2020
China: new professions and online vocational learning
Following Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s announcement at the end of May that the Chinese government was committed to funding more than 35 million vocational training courses in the coming year (c.f. article No.11970), an online vocational training platform for new digital professions was launched on 08 June...
8 June 2020
Spain: public consultation launched to prepare upcoming bills regulating remote working and work through online platforms
On 6 June, Spain’s ministry of labour launched a consultation ahead of the drafting of two bills. The consultation forms part of preparatory work for legislation on new forms of work that are currently subject to limited regulation. The consultation is open to public participation and can be accessed via a portal set up by the ministry. Open until 22 June, it will gather input from stakeholders in the area, from individuals to the organisations and associations that are most representative of the people whose...
Remote work
5 June 2020
Portugal: simplified short time work scheme extended to end of July, with new arrangements to follow
Yesterday, on 4 June, the Portuguese government approved an economic and social stability plan that targets an economic recovery in the country. The plan provides support to the country’s production sector and extends the short time work scheme that has been in force since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic – dubbed a ‘simplified’ scheme because it does away with procedures laid down in the labour code – until the end of July. A new partial unemployment scheme will then be introduced from 1 August. In...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
5 June 2020
France: plan devised to revive apprenticeships
At a meeting held at the Elysée Palace on 4 June, between the government and social partners, the former unveiled a plan to relaunch apprenticeships in France. The plan includes an exceptional grant for hiring apprentices who want to obtain a qualification, ranging from the CAP (professional aptitude certificate) to a professional degree, between 1 July 2020 and 28 February 2021. The grant will amount to €5,000 in the case of minors and €8,000 in the case of adult apprentices. At companies with more than 250...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
4 June 2020
Italy: Milan court places Uber Italy Srl under judicial administration due to the working conditions of Uber Eats delivery riders
On 30 May the ‘preventive measures’ section of the Milan court appointed a judicial administrator to manage Uber Italy Srl for the period of one year, holding that the delivery riders were being subjected to ‘caporalato’ conditions; a criminal offence consisting of excessive recourse to labor (directly or through an intermediary) to exploit it, and take advantage of workers’ weak positions to impose abusive working and remuneration conditions. A lengthy investigation was carried out in particular to...
3 June 2020
France: short time working new scheme will soon be implemented as a long-term measure, but must be accompanied by guarantees to maintain employment.
France’s National Assembly and Senate are close to the final adoption (by 10 June) of the emergency bill that contains new provisions for other urgent measures as well as for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The agreement reached between the two Chambers on 02 June, which has yet to be formally adopted, empowers the Government to further adapt the short time...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
3 June 2020
Mexico: an unclear and disparate resumption in economic activity
Since 01 June, driven by pressure from economic sectors as well as part of the population, Mexico is now committed to the ‘new normal’, as the government has called its program for the resumption of economic activity. Amid a plateauing in the Covid-19 pandemic and after more than two months of economic shutdown, this complex federal protocol, comprising a red, orange, yellow and green traffic light system depending on the health situation, aims to orchestrate the resumption of economic activities. However,...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
2 June 2020
Great Britain: ‘test and trace’ scheme raising fears over an upsurge in employment disputes
Disguised dismissals, health fears and discrimination: acccording to labor law experts, the UK’s Coronovirus ‘test and trace’ scheme that went live on 28 May could lead to an upsurge in employee claims with the employment tribunals. The TUC trade union confederation, is calling for a change in the legislative framework to protect employees from potential abuse.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
2 June 2020
Spain: decree establishing the minimum vital income (IMV) is published
The Decree-Law regulating the new Minimum Vital Income (Ingreso Mínimo Vital, IMV), which defines ‘the subjective right to receive a benefit of an economic nature that guarantees a minimum income level’ for persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion, was published in the Official State Bulletin on 01 June (on its adoption c.f. article No. 11972). The text details the conditions for its implementation.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
2 June 2020
Sweden: an amendment to the short-time working scheme allows for a reduction in activity of up to 80%.
On 27 May, Parliament adopted the government’s plan to augment the short-time working system (Korttidspermittering) by allowing up to an 80% reduction in working hours in May, June and July, compared with a maximum 60% previously. Employers can agree with their employees on a reduction in working hours for a period of six months, with the potential for a further three month extension if needed due to the Covid-crisis. The costs the scheme will be shared between the State, employers, and employees. With the...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
1 June 2020
Portugal: remote working no longer favoured from 1 June, as phase three of lockdown easing begins
As of 1 June, rules on remote working have reverted to those laid out in the country’s labour code. Under article 166 of the code, remote working must be the subject of a contract between the employer and their employees. The contract must be in writing and may be the subject of an amendment to the existing employment contract. The following information must be included in the contract: a description of the activity and its remuneration, length of working time for the activity covered by the remote working...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19