On 12 February 2024, the Australian Federal Parliament passed the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023, which introduces, among other changes, a right for all employees to disconnect outside of working hours.
The right to disconnect will enter into effect 6 months after the legislation receives royal assent (expected soon) for businesses with at least 15 employees and 18 months after royal assent for businesses with fewer than 15 employees.
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The Ukrainian parliament recently adopted a new law introducing certain limitations to employment rights as a response to the presidential Decree No. 64/2022, which declared martial law in Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
“On Organizing of Employment Relations During Martial Law” (the “Law”) entered into effect on 15 March 2022 and is expected to apply until 13 May 2024, as extended by the Ukrainian President.
Our 2024 Americas event will be held April 15-17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Now in its ninth year, the Global Benefits Forum helps HR and benefits professionals from around the world enhance their international benefits expertise while engaging with peers and market-leading experts through three events held in the Americas, London and Asia.
With the rise of technology, work from home has been a steadily growing trend for many years. Remote working has exploded since Spring 2020 with quarantines, workplace closures, and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at least for jobs and industries that do not always require workers to be on-site.
This abrupt, worldwide shift to remote work has sparked new logistical and structural legal challenges that have warranted many countries to pass teleworking legislation, some of which are summarized in this article.
New teleworking legislation varies widely across countries. While some countries introduced their first teleworking general legal framework, other countries passed more detailed measures. This article will only cover permanent teleworking legislation that has entered into effect since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Temporary COVID-19 related measures, as well as proposed legislation not yet passed as of the publication of this article will not be addressed.
The Luxembourg Parliament recently approved a new Bill clarifying employee holiday entitlements when two paid public holidays fall on the same day, as is the case with the upcoming public holidays: Ascension Day and Europe Day, which both fall on 9 May 2024.
Bill 8266 is expected to enter into effect sometime before May 2024 (exact date to be determined).
The UK government has published draft regulations to implement the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 (the “Act”) providing employees with one week of unpaid carer’s leave per year to arrange or provide care for a dependent.
While the Act entered into force on 4 December 2023, the Draft Regulations implementing unpaid carer’s leave are expected to be effective from 6 April 2024.
The Mexican Parliament recently introduced an amendment bill to increase employer-paid paternity leave from five working days to 20 working days.
If the bill is approved by the Mexican Senate, this increase will be effective early 2024 (the exact date will depend on the legislative process).
Global telecommuting creates new opportunities for companies to tap into and develop diverse talent, but it often comes with unanticipated challenges. Employers should audit these arrangements to ensure compliance and duty of care issues are accounted for in their policies. This article focuses on the impact of cross-border remote working on employee benefits and additional issues that also require consideration such as host country legislation, payroll, social security, and employment protections.