Year: 2021


Chile introduces compulsory COVID-19 insurance for workers

The Chilean government passed new legislation to enable a safe and gradual return to the workplace. The new legislation introduced several measures including an obligation for employers to purchase compulsory individual health insurance associated with COVID-19 for employees carrying out […]


Ireland to introduce new teleworking legal framework [Updated]

Update: The Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Right to Disconnect was recently published by the Workplace Relations Commission and entered into effect on 1 April 2021. The new code applies to all employees regardless of their […]

New Zealand

New Zealand to increase sick leave entitlement [Updated]

Update: The Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill has recently passed its third reading in parliament. It is expected to enter into force mid-July 2021. The New Zealand government introduced a new bill to increase statutory employer-paid sick to 10 […]


Switzerland introduces paid leave for caregivers

The Swiss government passed a new law introducing paid leave for caregivers. The new legislation, which amends the Swiss Code of Obligations (SCO), introduces: 10 days per year of employer-paid leave to care for close relatives with a health impairment […]


Netherlands releases pension reform framework [Updated]

Update: The Dutch government recently announced that the pension reform will be delayed. The new pension system is now expected to come into force by 1 January 2023, one year later than originally planned, with a transition period from 2023 […]


Belgium introduces a COVID-19 vaccination leave

The Belgian government passed a new law enabling employees to take a paid leave to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus during their working hours. The new leave is limited to the time necessary for the vaccination and may vary […]


Slovakia introduces changes to labor code

The government of Slovakia introduced several amendments to the labor code, including new regulations on teleworking and meal benefits, a basis for dismissal at retirement age, and other employment matters. While permanent, most changes came about as adaptations to the […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong extends maternity leave to 14 weeks [Updated]

Update: The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020, which increases the statutory maternity leave from 10 weeks to 14 weeks, entered into effect on 11 December 2020. The Hong Kong Labour Department has recently announced that employers are now able to apply […]