Since 1 January 2015 the possibilities for employees to take special (unpaid) leave to care for family members in need of care have been extended. In operating units with at least 25 employees, employees can reduce their working time in order to care for close family members for up to 24 months, unless there are […]
On 18 September 2014, a German District Employment Court ruled that bonuses must also be paid during garden leave. Even if the bonus is based on the employee’s performance and the employee did not perform any work at that time, he remains entitled to a bonus payment and the employer made it impossible through the […]
The German Federal Employment Court ruled on 6 May 2014 that an employee who is on unpaid leave continues to accumulate holiday leave. The fact that the employment relationship is inactive does not affect the holiday claim. The employer is generally not entitled to reduce the holiday accumulated during this time.
In recent years, due to business needs, many global companies have adjusted their business models or changed their production or made M&A transactions. This process has incidentally led to substantial layoffs within some companies. As a result, more and more employees are pursuing collective actions, such as strikes and other protests, to resist these redundancies […]
On October 1, 2015, the amended Regulations of Shanghai Municipality on Collective Contracts will take effect, tracking parallel regulations previously passed in Beijing Municipality, Guangdong Province and Zhejiang Province, which reflect a trend of deeper and broader negotiations, particularly on wages, between employers and employees or trade unions.
In order to help employers endure the recent economic hardship, the central government of China has further reduced the average contribution rates for work-related injury insurance and maternity insurance. These reductions will come into effect on October 1, 2015 and will save employers RMB 27 billion per year according to a preliminary estimate.
The Ministry of Public Security of China, in cooperation with Shanghai’s scientific and technological innovation programs, issued a series of supportive measures designed to draw more overseas high-level personnel to Shanghai. Companies and foreign employees should pay great attention to the qualification criteria for high-level foreign talent released by the Shanghai government.
With the development of new information technology, new forms of electronic evidence are being submitted to labor arbitration committees and courts. For example, in a case heard by the Haidian District Court in Beijing, a senior manager misinterpreted an employee’s WeChat post (Wechat is a social networking software that allows users to interact using texts, […]
A Nova Scotia court has imposed a “creative sentence” for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Under that Act, the Court is able to impose “creative sentencing options”. In addition to a monetary fine of $35,000, the Court ordered the company to perform 150 hours of community service in an 18 month […]
Earlier this year, the Hazardous Products Act and its associated Hazardous Products Regulations came into effect. These amendments implement changes to Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to bring it in line with the International Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The changes that were introduced will be implemented in stages, […]