In the past month, there have been several labour and employment law developments, chief among them: i) the introduction of Emergency Fund Bridging Employment (due to the COVID-19); ii) employers must record employment contracts in writing before 1 April 2020; iii) the Public Servants (Standardisation of Legal Status) Act entered into force; iv) expansion of work-related expenses scheme; v) limits imposed on top income earners; vi) the State Pension age will remain 66 years and 4 months in 2020 and 2021; and vii) effective 1 January 2020, the statutory gross minimum wage is €1,653.60 per month, based on full-time employment
Employers, especially manufacturers, are facing a new (old) challenge in unionised work forces: strikes. The latest data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) shows U.S. workers are more likely to strike today than at any other time in the last 30 years. This should prompt employers with unionised workforces to review their strike preparedness plans
In previous case law, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that a bus company cannot be seen as an activity which principally relies on manpower, but that the transfer of its assets (mostly the buses) are the relevant factor to be taken into consideration. However, in the current case the buses have not been transferred, and yet the Court of Justice still takes into consideration the transfer of the employees, to allow for a qualification as a transfer of undertaking
The Ontario Government announced that all publicly funded schools in Ontario will be closed for two weeks after March break as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Some childcare programs which are situated in and operate out of publicly funded schools have also announced that they will be closing over the March Break period. Publicly funded schools are not scheduled to reopen until 5 April 2020, meaning that some workers across the Province may be without pre-arranged childcare for a period of at least three weeks.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is affecting businesses in various ways. For example, companies will be forced to close down or face a major decline in work and turnover. Such a financial shock can be partly absorbed by the system of temporary unemployment. Belgium has several systems of temporary unemployment, which are supervised by the National Employment Office (RVA/ONEM). Initially, there are two relevant systems: temporary unemployment due to force majeure and temporary unemployment due to economic reasons. However, the government has decided to open up the temporary unemployment procedure due to force majeure to all situations related to the coronavirus, without actually referring to a situation of force majeure. This is because the procedure for economic reasons is often much more cumbersome. If the temporary unemployment is not due to the coronavirus, the employer can still invoke the system of temporary unemployment for economic reasons.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released its landmark report arising from its national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. The Commission’s report has been presented to the Attorney-General Christian Porter and, according to reports, will be reviewed in conjunction with state governments and the private sector. Preliminary responses have been mixed with calls […]
Paris, March 16, 2020 – The Coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have important legal implications for employers and their workers. The health and political situation in France is quickly evolving, on a daily basis. Below you will find guidelines on the situation as well as answers to some of the more common questions […]
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (officially abbreviated as “COVID-19”) took place in China in January 2020. Since then, due to the grim situation of epidemic prevention, the Chinese government has taken a series of measures to curb the virus spread, including city closedown, road closure and centralized or home-based quarantine. The epidemic prevention measures […]
As of March 10, 2020, the World Health Organization reports 113,702 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe and 4,012 deaths, the majority of both which arise out of China. These numbers outside of China are greatly increasing, however, as the WHO reports outside of China there are 32,778 confirmed cases and 872 deaths impacting […]
The outbreak of coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19, was first detected in Wuhan (China) on December 31, 2019. As the outbreak continues to spread outside China, on January 30, 2020, it has been declared as a global emergency concern by the World Health Organization. The Covid-19 has already affected Europe and is creating challenging situations […]