Global: Roundup of developments for August 2017



New Zealand: Pay Equity and Equal Pay Bill introduced   A new bill was introduced to Parliament in July 2017 to reflect the outcome of negotiations on the subject of pay equality between the  government, trade unions and other stakeholders.

Austria:  New quota for female board members from January 2018       From 1 January 2018 the boards of Stock Companies and Limited Liability Companies will be subject to a quota requiring a minimum of 30% of board members to be female.

Kuwait: Reform to end of service gratuity increases cost to employers    An important amendment to the Kuwait Labor Law came into force in July 2017 which impacts on the cost to employers of an employee's end of service gratuity.

Romania: Key changes to labor laws in force now    An ordinance amending the Labor Code came into effect in August 2017 bringing into effect changes which have the ambitious objective of combatting any form of "undeclared work".

Other developments

Asia Pacific

Australia: Prevention of corrupt payments to unions

China: Local courts can serve orders and judgments via texts or WeChat

Hong Kong: Revised legislation on unlawful dismissal and employment agencies

Hong Kong: Abolition of offsetting of Mandatory Provident Fund contributions against severance pay

Hong Kong: Standard working hours


Bahrain:  Flexible work permit scheme launched

Germany:  Employees exempted from their duties are allowed to take part in a corporate event

Kuwait:  Increase to paid annual leave entitlement

Morocco: New procedure for foreigners' employment contracts

Poland: Employment law changes in 2017

Romania: Rule changes for salary income tax exemption for software creation activities

UK: Holiday pay must include payment for any voluntary overtime normally worked


Canada: Increase to minimum wage in British Columbia

Canada: British Columbia reinstates Human Rights Commission

Canada:  No summary  judgment for reasonable notice determinations

Canada: What will the European General Data Protection Regulation mean for Canadian employers

Colombia:  New law on protection of family life in the labor environment

Colombia: New law on night working hours

US: Immigration: New Form I-9s

US: Class action waivers

US: Heightened standards regarding worker visa programs

Contact Information
Tim Marshall
Global Co-Chair - EMEA and Asia Pacific at DLA Piper
+44 207 796 6617

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