Month: October 2023


Israel’s Emergency Workplace Measures

The government of Israel issued a countrywide emergency order subsequent to the attack on 7 October 2023, imposing “special conditions” that will remain in effect until further notice.

Mauritius Introduces Work-Life Balance Rights

The government of Mauritius recently passed its Budget 2023–2024, which introduces several employment related provisions, including a four-day workweek option, miscarriage leave, and an onsite childcare requirement for employers with more than 250 employees. The law also provides enhancements to existing leaves, including paternity leave.

Key employment measures of the Budget enacted by The Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 come into effect on 1 July 2023.


France Expands Paid Leave Entitlement

The labor division of the French High Court (Cour de Cassation) issued decisions enabling employees who are absent from work due to sick leave to accrue paid time off during their leave. The revised method of paid leave accrual came into immediate effect on 13 September 2023 for all companies.


Luxembourg Expands Family Leave Entitlements

The government of Luxembourg passed two laws transposing the European Union (EU) Directive 2019/1158 on work-life balance for parents and carers into local law. The laws entered into effect on 21 and 22 August 2023 and introduced paid carers’ leave and paid force majeure leave, as well as an extension to the existing paternity leave entitlement.


Oman Expands Parental Leave Entitlements and Introduces an Omanization Requirement

The Omani government recently issued Royal Decree No.53/2023 (the “New Law”), which introduces a seven-day paternity leave, a one-year unpaid childcare leave for female employees, and increases current maternity, sick, and bereavement leaves. The New Law also introduces an Omanization requirement, mandating that companies employ a certain number of Omani nationals based on their local headcount.
The New Law entered into effect on 26 July 2023, and businesses must comply by 26 January 2024 (six months from the enactment of the New Law). Companies will receive additional guidance via the implementing regulations expected to be released in the coming months.