Global: Roundup of developments for September 2016



France: New Labour Law finally published

After many months under discussion, the Law relating to employment, improvement of social dialogue and safeguarding of career paths, was adopted on 21 July,  declared constitutional on 4 August, and finally promulgated on 8 August 2016.

China: Three new regulations to strengthen enforcement of labor laws in 2017

Under three recently issued regulations, targeted to take effect from the beginning of 2017,  random checks will increase, companies will be rated on their compliance with labor laws and severe violations will be published.

Italy:  Transfer of undertakings and change of contractors

A July 2016 law provides for the Italian transfer of undertakings regulations to potentially apply to a change of contractor, in certain circumstances.   This was not provided for in the previous regime.

UK: Government consultation on changes to taxation of termination payments

The Government has launched a consultation process on proposed reforms to the way in which termination payments are taxed.  The proposals would significantly change the tax treatment of any payments made to employees on termination of their employment.

Other developments

Asia Pacific

Australia: End to off-shore visa exemptions

Australia: HR managers may end up footing bill for employee underpayments

Australia: Right of entry breach of union "chat"

China: Keeping Chinese tech talent

Hong Kong: Privacy Commissioner publishes information leaflet on BYOD Policies

Japan: Revision of Child Care and Family Care Leave Act

Singapore: Support for employment of older workers

Singapore: Increase in minimum salary for Employment Pass

Thailand: New calculation of personal income tax


France: "El Khomri" Law: implementation dates

France: Calculation of severance pay

France: Illegal secondment: responsibility of subcontractors reinforced

France: Auto-entrepreneurs: social contributions adjustment

France: Suspension of an employer's reorganisation project

Germany: Strikes against industrial peace provisions unlawful

Italy: New law implemented to regulate international secondments

Netherlands: Cross-border work

Poland: New rules on employee posting

Portugal: New rules on temporary employment

Qatar: Executive regulations for expatriate entry and exit regulatory law finalised

Romania: Unilateral suspension of individual employment agreement

Romania: Expected increase in public holidays

Romania: Amendments to immigration law

Saudi Arabia: Changes to the Nitaqat program

Spain: Managing workplace harassment

Spain: Recent court ruling may have significant impact on termination costs

UAE: Upcoming changes to Emiratisation

UAE:  Maternity leave developments considered

UAE: Accommodation required for low paid employees

UAE: New consular approval requirements

UAE: Additional requirements for recruitment from India


Brazil: New maternity rules for newborns impacted by Zika virus

Canada: British Columbia increases minimum wage

Canada: Privileged settlement negotations

Canada: Workplace harassment in Ontario

Canada: Ontario Securities Commission whistleblower program

Canada: Substance over form? Defining the modern employment relationship

Canada: Indeterminate-term v's fixed-term employment contracts

US: Local dispute becomes international legal issue

US: Complying with the "Fair Pay and Safe  Workplaces" Executive Order

US: Federal agencies attack employment agreements


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Tim Marshall
Global Co-Chair - EMEA and Asia Pacific at DLA Piper
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