Month: October 2018

Saudi Arabia drafts law criminalizing sexual harassment

The government of Saudi Arabia recently introduced a draft law that criminalizes sexual harassment (a maximum of five years in prison and a fine up to SAR 300,000). The draft law was drafted primarily in response to the higher risk […]

Netherlands amends working conditions act

The deadline for compliance with the Working Conditions Act (“Arbowet”) expired 1 July 2018, for existing occupational health provider contracts. The Act, which was amended 1 July 2017, mandates employers to offer employees access to an occupational health doctor (which […]

France creates sexual harassment escalation path and consequences

On 1 August 2018, the French government passed a law requiring companies with at least 250 employees to appoint a point of contact responsible for guiding, informing and accompanying employees in the fight against sexual harassment. In addition, employers will […]

Colombia establishes nursing rooms

On 8 June 2018, Resolution 2423 (complying with Act 1823, 2017) was issued by the Ministry of Health. The resolution establishes the operational and technical requirements for nursing rooms in workplaces. The resolution applies to companies with minimum monthly assets […]

Bahamas increases value-added tax

The rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) was increased from 7.5 percent to 12 percent on 1 July 2018. The new rate applies to all policies going into effect on or after 1 July 2018. Medical insurance premiums are subject […]

Australia Modern Slavery Act

The Modern Slavery Act, which passed 27 June 2018, targets extreme working conditions, including low pay, long hours and the absence of rest days. Employers with at least one employee and a minimum turnover of AUD 50 million are required […]


Malta amends labor law

On 10 August 2018, four legal notices amending the Employment and Industrial Relations Act were published in the Government Gazette of Malta. Two legal notices amend regulations affecting temporary agency workers and business transfers, and two notices introduce new annual […]


Ireland to allow maternity leave sharing

A bill has been introduced in the Irish parliament that would allow parents to share the 26 weeks of maternity leave currently provided to mothers. The legislation aims to provide more flexibility to working parents and create greater gender equality. […]


Germany gives employees the right to temporary part-time work

The German government has introduced legislation expected to come into force 1 January 2019, that would give full-time employees the right to temporarily convert to part-time status (referred to as a “part-time bridge”). This is part of a coalition agreement […]