Month: February 2024

Australia

Australia Introduces the Right to Disconnect After Working Hours

On 12 February 2024, the Australian Federal Parliament passed the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023, which introduces, among other changes, a right for all employees to disconnect outside of working hours.

The right to disconnect will enter into effect 6 months after the legislation receives royal assent (expected soon) for businesses with at least 15 employees and 18 months after royal assent for businesses with fewer than 15 employees.

Global Benefits Strategy for Multinational Employers Survey

We invite you to participate in the inaugural Global Benefits Strategy for Multinational Employers Survey. By participating in the survey here, you will receive survey data, summaries of analysis, and cuts of data relevant to you and your business – all at no cost! Results will be sent to you in early summer 2024.

Ukraine introduces limitations to employment rights during martial law period

The Ukrainian parliament recently adopted a new law introducing certain limitations to employment rights as a response to the presidential Decree No. 64/2022, which declared martial law in Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

“On Organizing of Employment Relations During Martial Law” (the “Law”) entered into effect on 15 March 2022 and is expected to apply until 13 May 2024, as extended by the Ukrainian President.

Puerto Rico

Registration is Live for the 2024 Global Benefits Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Our 2024 Americas event will be held April 15-17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Now in its ninth year, the Global Benefits Forum helps HR and benefits professionals from around the world enhance their international benefits expertise while engaging with peers and market-leading experts through three events held in the Americas, London and Asia.

Globe

New Remote Working Legislation Around the World [Updated]

With the rise of technology, work from home has been a steadily growing trend for many years. Remote working has exploded since Spring 2020 with quarantines, workplace closures, and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at least for jobs and industries that do not always require workers to be on-site.

This abrupt, worldwide shift to remote work has sparked new logistical and structural legal challenges that have warranted many countries to pass teleworking legislation, some of which are summarized in this article.

New teleworking legislation varies widely across countries. While some countries introduced their first teleworking general legal framework, other countries passed more detailed measures. This article will only cover permanent teleworking legislation that has entered into effect since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Temporary COVID-19 related measures, as well as proposed legislation not yet passed as of the publication of this article will not be addressed.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg to Introduce Rules When Two Public Holidays Fall on the Same Day

The Luxembourg Parliament recently approved a new Bill clarifying employee holiday entitlements when two paid public holidays fall on the same day, as is the case with the upcoming public holidays: Ascension Day and Europe Day, which both fall on 9 May 2024.

Bill 8266 is expected to enter into effect sometime before May 2024 (exact date to be determined).