Employment Practices

Hong Kong

Hong Kong extends maternity leave to 14 weeks [Updated]

Update: The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020, which increases the statutory maternity leave to 14 weeks, will be effective on 11 December, 2020. Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has passed the Employment Bill of 2019 introducing additional maternity benefits for female employees. […]


UAE expands equal pay provisions

The president of the UAE recently approved Decree Law No.6 2020 (the Decree), expanding existing equal pay provisions. The Decree was issued on 25 August 2020, and should enter into effect one month after its publication in the UAE Official […]


UAE introduces parental leave benefit

The president of the UAE recently approved Decree Law No.6 2020 (the Decree) granting private sector employees five working days of employer-paid new parental leave. The Decree was issued on 25 August 2020 and should enter into effect one month […]


Qatar to establish minimum wage and lift restrictions on foreign workers

On 30 August 2020, the government of Qatar passed two pieces of legislation establishing a statutory minimum wage and eliminating the requirement for foreign workers to obtain their employer’s permission before changing jobs. The minimum wage law will enter into […]


Ireland to expand paid and unpaid parental leave benefits [Updated]

Update: The most recent increases to the parental leave entitlements introduced by the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019 will apply beginning 1 September 2020. Employees will now be entitled to take 26 weeks of unpaid parental leave, compared to the […]

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico introduces a paid voting leave

Puerto Rico’s Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced signed into law a new electoral code (Act No.58-2020) on 20 June 2020. This new electoral code establishes a two-hour employer-paid leave during the workday to vote in primaries and other electoral events. Key […]


Australia expands parental leave flexibility

The Australian government passed the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Act 2020 in June 2020. This legislation provides parents with children born or adopted on or after 1 July 2020 more flexibility in how they take their paid parental […]


Macau amends Labor Relations Law

Macau has amended the Labor Relations Law to extend the minimum paid maternity leave period and introduce employer-paid paternity leave. Additionally, Law No. 5/2020 on the Minimum Wage for Workers has been approved, setting a minimum wage for all private-sector […]