Under the ACA, employers must provide plans that cover birth control and other preventative health services with no out-of-pocket costs. Certain religious employers with religious objections to providing contraceptive services have been exempt from the requirement. The new rules, issued through the IRS, DOL, and HHS, broaden the exemption in scope and in application to for-profit entities that object to providing or covering identified contraceptive services due to sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.
Immigration authorities in Dubai are now requiring that all documents submitted in support of visa applications be translated into Arabic.
The new law amends some provisions of the Federal Law No. 17 of 1972 on nationality and passports.
An employee was terminated from his employment due to redundancy because the employer had decided to engage a staffing agency instead to perform the work. The Labour Court found that a redundancy situation was at hand and that the employment termination was valid.
A regional manager claimed before the Labour Court that a non-competition clause effective for 24 months after the termination of the employment should be declared unreasonable and thus invalid. The Labour Court found that the clause imposed a restriction of the manager’s possibilities to continue working with professional activities. Since no compensation was paid to the former employee for the non-competition restriction, the clause was declared invalid.
The High Court of Justice of Valladolid (HCJ) declared worked overtime hours must be recorded daily whenever there are more worked hours than legally or conventionally established. If the collective bargain agreement does not foresee for working on Saturdays, then the work done on such days is considered as overtime, although, later, compensation breaks do not produce excesses in the annual working day.
The new resolution pertains to Saudization of all jobs related to the sale of insurance products to individuals by 1 February 2018.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has announced that it is reducing the validity period of its block visas from two years to one year.
Starting January 1st 2018 a new fiscal regime for the wage system in Romania will be enforced. At this moment the burden of social contributions and income tax is divided between employers and employees. According to the new fiscal regime, the employee will bear the burden of all contributions to the pension system, health system and income tax. The employer will pay an additional contribution of 2.25% of all monthly wage funds.
The Ministry of Development Labour and Social Affairs announced the launch of an online service where companies, blacklisted for failing to comply with the Wage Protection System, may apply to lift such status on satisfaction of certain conditions.