Year: 2020

Global Benefits Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

We hope you can join us at our upcoming Lockton Global Benefits events! 27 August 2020: Webcast – The Philippines benefits and market trends Speakers: Rhea Ablan: Lockton Philippines Head of Benefits Group Ivy Clarice Bersalona: Lockton Philippines Employee Benefits […]


Australia expands parental leave flexibility

The Australian government passed the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Act 2020 in June 2020. This legislation provides parents with children born or adopted on or after 1 July 2020 more flexibility in how they take their paid parental […]


Macau amends Labor Relations Law

Macau has amended the Labor Relations Law to extend the minimum paid maternity leave period and introduce employer-paid paternity leave. Additionally, Law No. 5/2020 on the Minimum Wage for Workers has been approved, setting a minimum wage for all private-sector […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong extends maternity leave to 14 weeks for 2021

Additional information on the history of this bill can be found here. Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has passed the Employment Bill of 2019 introducing additional maternity benefits for female employees. Background Female employees in Hong Kong who have worked under […]


Hungary to increase infant care allowance

Beginning 1 July 2021, Hungary will increase the amount of infant care allowance. Background Mothers are entitled to an infant care allowance (Csecsemőgondozási díj) during their maternity leave for a maximum of 168 days following the birth. As of 1 […]


Netherlands releases pension reform framework

The Dutch government has reached an agreement on pension reform with the two most important unions in the Netherlands: FNV and CNV. The pension reform aims to change the structure of pension accrual in industry-wide pension funds. Key details For […]

United Kingdom

UK Good Work Plan’s sweeping changes

Reforms proposed within the framework of The Good Work Plan (GWP) continue to make their way into UK employment law through various pieces of secondary legislation. Many provisions came into effect 6 April 2020, and other proposals are expected to […]


Update on the Denmark Holiday Act

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 […]

New Zealand

New Zealand to expand paid parental leave

New Zealand is expanding paid parental leave to 26 weeks effective 1 July 2020. Background Under the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Act 2017, the paid parental leave entitlement of 18 weeks was extended in two stages: to 22 […]


India requires health insurance for all employees

As India emerges from lockdown, companies will be mandated to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) when returning staff to the active workforce. One of the new requirements issued under the SOPs is to provide health insurance for all employees of […]