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Canada adds an additional public holiday for 2022

The Canadian government recently announced an additional employer-paid public holiday on Monday, 19 September 2022, for the mourning of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Croatia

Croatia introduces paternity leave

The government of Croatia recently passed new legislation transposing the European Union Directive 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers. The new legislation amends parental leave requirements and introduces paid paternity leave, carer’s leave and flexible working arrangements.

The new legislation, amending the Maternity and Parental Support Act, entered into effect on 1 August 2022.

Italy

Italy expands family leave entitlements  

The Italian government recently passed new legislation transposing the European Union Directive 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019, on work-life balance for parents and carers. The new legislation amends paternity and parental leave requirements as well as flexible working arrangements. Legislative Decree No. 105/2022 entered into effect on 1 August 2022.

Malaysia

Malaysia to expand family leave entitlements [Updated]

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.

Qatar

Qatar introduces a social security reform  

The Qatari government recently passed social insurance law No. (1) of 2022, introducing several changes including an expansion of the private sector social security system and an increase in social security contribution rates.

The new law will be effective in October, six months after its publication on 19 April 2022. Implementing rules and regulations are pending and the exact publication date is not known yet.

Malta

Malta expands family leave entitlements

The government of Malta recently passed new legislation transposing the European Union (EU) Directive 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019 (the “Directive”) on work-life balance for parents and carers. The new legislation amends parental leave requirements and introduces paid paternity leave, carer’s leave and flexible working arrangements.

Canada

Quebec strengthens the French language requirement

The government of Québec recently passed the Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec (the Act), which strengthens and clarifies the existing mandate to use the French language in the province and requires employers to ensure that all their human resources documentation is available in French. Most of the provisions of the Act entered into effect on 1 June 2022