Employment Practices

Australia

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

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 […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong extends maternity leave to 14 weeks for 2021

Additional information on the history of this bill can be found here. Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has passed the Employment Bill of 2019 introducing additional maternity benefits for female employees. Background Female employees in Hong Kong who have worked under […]

United Kingdom

UK Good Work Plan’s sweeping changes

Reforms proposed within the framework of The Good Work Plan (GWP) continue to make their way into UK employment law through various pieces of secondary legislation. Many provisions came into effect 6 April 2020, and other proposals are expected to […]

Denmark

Update on the Denmark Holiday Act

Update: Effective 1 September 2020, Danish employees will be able to take holiday in the year of accrual, including their first year of employment, instead of waiting to take leave in the following year. The change takes effect for financial […]

New Zealand

New Zealand to expand paid parental leave

New Zealand is expanding paid parental leave to 26 weeks effective 1 July 2020. Background Under the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Act 2017, the paid parental leave entitlement of 18 weeks was extended in two stages: to 22 […]

Mexico

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

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 […]