Year: 2019


France implements major labor law reform

On 22 May 2019, the French government passed new legislation knows as the “Pacte law” for business growth and transformation. The new law aims to unlock the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises and to encourage pension savings and investments […]

South Korea

South Korea implements work-life balance reforms

On 2 August 2019, the Korean government passed amendments expanding employer-paid paternity leave, partially government-funded childcare leave, and unpaid family care leave. While most of the amended Act’s provisions entered into effect on 1 October 2019, other provisions will be […]

United Kingdom

Brexit and employment law

It has been more than three years since the British public voted to leave the European Union (EU), yet Brexit negotiations are still ongoing to this day. It is still unclear whether the UK parliament will ratify the Brexit agreement […]


Italy renews national collective bargaining agreement

On 30 July 2019, managers and industry federations renewed Italy’s National Collective Bargaining Agreement for executives/managers in the industrial sector (CCNL). The CCNL entered into force on 10 December 2014, and expired on 31 December 2018. The new CCNL agreement […]


Finland to implement new flexible working rules

The Finnish Parliament recently approved amendments to the Working Hours Act (the “Act”). The amendments will enter into force on 1 January 2020, and aim to improve employees’ work-life balance by facilitating flexible working arrangements for all employees.    Background […]


The Philippines amends alien employment permit rules

On 25 September 2019, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of the Philippines issued Advisory No. 19-08 requiring foreign nationals who are applying for Alien Employment Permits (AEP) to submit applications and pick up their AEP cards in person. […]

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico introduces a new leave right

On 1 August 2019, the government of Puerto Rico introduced a new leave for public and private sector employees to handle the effects of sexual harassment in employment, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and child abuse. Fifteen days of unpaid […]