Employment Practices


Mexican women plan a nationwide strike against gender-based violence

On 9 March 2020, many Mexican female employees will be participating in a high-profile strike against gender-based violence. Background It is estimated that around 10 women are murdered every day in Mexico. Several nationwide weekend protests have been held over […]


Peru introduces compulsory life insurance from the start of employment

On 29 December 2019, the government of Peru issued Emergency Decree No. 044-2019 to improve measures protecting the health and safety of employees. The new regulation mandates employers to provide employees with compulsory life insurance from the start of employment. The […]


Coronavirus: What are the obligations of an employer

Lockton is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak on behalf of our clients. The situation is fast-developing, and local health agencies should be consulted for the latest news and directives. On Jan. 8, a new coronavirus, “2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV),” was identified […]


Mexico to enforce a limited use of outsourcing

On 3 December 2019, the Mexican government approved a proposed reform to amend outsourcing contracting regulations to better protect subcontractors and ensure more transparency of the outsourcing regime. The new bill would enter into effect in 2020. The exact implementation […]


The Netherlands increases health insurance premiums

The Netherlands’ 2020 budget, which passed on 1 January 2020, slightly increased health insurance premiums for the basic package by approximately EUR 37 per year. In addition, the 2020 budget lowered the discounted health insurance premium that insurance providers could […]


Japan amends Labor Standards Act compliance deadlines

Update: Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has set different compliance deadlines ranging from 1 April 2019, to 1 April 2023, for various requirements of the amended Labor Standards Act. While most provisions have already been implemented for large […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong to increase maternity leave

UPDATE On 27 December 2019, the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019 was published in the Gazette. The bill will be introduced to the Legislative Council on 8 January 2020, and will enter into force when passed by the Legislative Council. The […]

South Africa

South Africa signs Labor Laws Amendment Bill

On 23 November 2018, the Labour Laws Amendment Bill was signed into law and finally entered into effect on 1 January 2020. The amendment bill introduces new parental leave entitlements for fathers, adoptive and surrogate parents, as well as introducing […]