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USA: Exemption to ACA Contraceptive Mandate Extended to For-Profit Entities and Individuals

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.

Sweden: A non-competition clause effective for 24 months was deemed as unreasonable

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.

Spain: Overtime hours should be recorded daily, even if the annual workday is not exceeded

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.

Romania: New fiscal regime for employers and employees

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.