Year: 2018

Bahrain introduces compulsory health insurance law

The government of the Kingdom of Bahrain has enacted a new health insurance law (Bahrain Law No. 23 of 2018) establishing a compulsory health insurance program known as Sehati (My Health). The law, which entered into force 7 June 2018, […]

Australia changes Victoria’s long service leave

Changes to Victoria’s long service leave (LSL) statutes take effect 1 November 2018. The changes provide greater flexibility to women, families and employees transitioning to retirement. The service period for entitlement to LSL has been reduced from ten years to […]


Hungary reduces tax advantages for many benefits in kind

Hungary will reduce or eliminate the tax advantages for many fringe benefits beginning 1 January 2019. This is a significant development as employee benefits in Hungary have historically been structured as cafeteria-style programs because of the tax favorability of such […]


France to implement pay-as-you-earn income tax withholding

After some delay, the French government will require employers to withhold income tax from employees’ earnings on a pay-as-you-earn basis starting 1 January 2019. This will be a significant change for both employers and employees, as income tax is currently […]


Danish annual leave accrual changing in 2019

Update: Effective 1 September 2020, Danish employees will be able to take holiday in the year of accrual, including their first year of employment, instead of waiting to take leave in the following year. The change takes effect for financial […]

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 […]