On 30 March 2022, the Malaysian Parliament passed Employment Bill 2021. The Bill introduced several amendments to the Employment Act of 1955, including the extension of maternity leave from 60 days to 98 days and the introduction of a seven-day employer-paid paternity leave. There is currently no indication as to when the new Bill will enter into effect.
The Irish government recently introduced the Sick Leave Bill 2022 to provide all employees with up to 10 days of employer-paid sick leave. If passed, the bill would enter into effect sometime in January 2022, and its implementation would be phased over a four-year period from 2022 to 2025.
In an effort to encourage as many people as possible to be vaccinated, the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Colombia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island have passed legislation to provide employees with paid leave to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus during working hours.
The Belgium government recently agreed on introducing a series of reforms aimed at boosting private sector employees’ work-life balance. The most notable changes include the option for employees to ask their employers for a four-day workweek as well as the right to disconnect. Once a draft bill outlining and explaining the new measures is introduced, it will enter into effect after it is passed by the Belgium parliament. This process will likely take months and may alter current provisions.