Employment law 5 in 5: July 2023

1 August 2023 3 min read

By Sarah Hellewell

At a glance

  • 5 developments to read for July in less than 5 minutes.

US Supreme Court round-up: Key decisions from the 2022-23 term

The US Supreme Court had an eventful 2022-2023 term, with decisions addressing a broad range of issues, from civil procedure – personal jurisdiction, post-trial motions and stays – to federal regulatory authority, religious accommodations, and affirmative action (which could impact employer D&I initiatives). Read our Supreme Court round-up for summaries of key decisions and their potential implications and preview what’s ahead.

EU Wide: Directive implementation activity continues

EU Member States have continued to implement local laws to transpose the provisions of three significant employment Directives. Changes have been made to comply with the Work Life Balance Directive in IrelandRomania and Spain. In Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia laws have come into effect to implement the Whistleblower Protection Directive. Finally, laws have been proposed by the Government in Norway to transpose the Working Conditions Directive.

Remember that you can track implementation of these Directives and of other EU legislation with workforce implications using our EU Horizon Scanner. 

Expand: Overseas investment and employment

DLA Piper and Shanghai Kaiman Law Offices have jointly launched a Guide to Overseas Investment and Employment by Chinese Enterprises. This guide introduces the common labour compliance issues faced by Chinese enterprises in the process of overseas investment, so that they can quickly understand the key employment points in 14 jurisdictions across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This particular guide is in Chinese language but for information in English about global expansion,  visit our Guide to Going Global series which reviews business-relevant corporate, employment, equity, intellectual property and technology, and tax laws in key jurisdictions around the world. For more detailed employment expansion information, access our 62 country guides on GENIE.

Monitor: Further activity on gender pay reporting

Regulation of pay equality is a trend that is set to continue. Brazil’s new law on equal pay came into force on July 3. In the US, Hawaii became the latest state to enact a law requiring pay transparency in job postings (with bills in other states and cities pending or awaiting signature). In Europe, recent proposals to change Finnish employment laws include confirmation that pay transparency will be promoted in accordance with the minimum provisions of the EU Pay Transparency Directive. See our Gender Pay Transparency guide for more information on laws around the world. 

Listen: DLA Piper AI and Employment Podcast

With new AI legislative changes coming into force and the rise of ChatGPT and other large language models, no one can underestimate the impact of AI on the workforce. The DLA Piper AI and Employment Podcasts discuss the key employment law issues facing employers arising out of AI.

Three new podcast episodes have been released this month. How can you plan for AI’s impact on People. AI and status – how can an algorithm change your job title. Recruitment and Promotion – what are the pitfalls when using AI.