Month: July 2018

Portugal strengthens employee’s rights

On 20 March 2018, the government of Portugal amended the law on the transfer of undertakings to strengthen employees’ rights. Employees now have the right to oppose the transfer of their employment contract if their contract remains with the transferring […]

Peru prohibits gender pay discrimination

The new “Equal Work, Equal Pay” Law No. 30709, passed on 28 December 2017, prohibits pay discrimination between men and women. Employers must design job category charts according to objective criteria based on the tasks to be performed and the […]

Panama promotes breastfeeding in the workplace

In accordance with the new Resolution No. 129 of 26 February 2018, employers are required to promote breastfeeding in the workplace through the implementation of a written policy, training on breastfeeding topics and adjusting a furnished space within the workplace […]

Netherlands enables pension transfer ability

Starting 1 January 2019, pension providers will be allowed to automatically transfer the total contributions of participants who have accrued rights to an annual pension between EUR 2 and EUR 474.11 to another pension provider after employment termination.

Finland enforces Income Information System Act

Starting 1 January 2019, and in accordance with the new Act on Income Information System (53/2016), employers will be required to report paid salaries, benefits and pensions to the Income Register.

Colombia incentivizes pension contribution

Decree 2250 grants tax benefits to any voluntary pension contribution to the compulsory pension fund, starting December 2017. Voluntary contributions are through payroll and pretax. Tax breaks apply only to contributions up to 30 percent of monthly income or 40 […]

Canada regional amendments to leave and holiday pay

British Columbia – Amendments to the Employment Standards Act (Bill 6) New amendments to the British Columbia, Employment Standards Act introduce the following changes beginning 17 May 2018: Parental leave: To be in line with the federal government’s changes to […]

Bulgaria adopts electronic employment records

Starting 15 May 2018, businesses in Bulgaria are allowed to adopt electronic record keeping for employees, in accordance with the ordinance on the “Type and Requirements for Creating and Maintaining of Electronic Documents in Employee Record.” Previously, only hard copy […]

Australia Superannuation and “Single Touch Payroll”

The Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Bill, which is currently before the House, states that from 1 July 2018, employers who underpay or fail to pay their employees’ superannuation will not only face financial penalties but also up […]