Employment Practices

Romania

Romania introduces a COVID-19 vaccination leave

The Romanian government recently passed Law No. 221/2021 enabling employees to take a full day of paid leave to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus during their working hours. The new law entered into effect on 29 July 2021. Key […]

European Union

EU directive for work-life balance for parents and carers

The European Union (EU) Directive 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019 (the “Directive”) on work-life balance aims to encourage flexible working arrangements for workers who are caregivers or parents. The directive has a focus of promoting equality between men and women […]

Belgium

Belgium extends paid bereavement leave

The Belgium government recently passed a law introducing changes to existing employer-paid bereavement leave, including an extension of its duration from three to 10 days and greater flexibility in taking such leave. The new law entered into effect on 25 […]

Switzerland

Switzerland introduces paid leave for caregivers [Updated]

Update: Paid leave for parents of seriously sick children entered into effect on 1 July 2021, as expected. The Swiss government passed a new law introducing paid leave for caregivers. The new legislation, which amends the Swiss Code of Obligations […]

Australia

Australia increases minimum wage

The Australian Fair Work Commission (FWC) increased the national minimum wage by 2.5%, effective 1 July 2021. Modern award minimum wages also increased by 2.5% in three different stages depending on the industry. Modern award minimum wage increases will be […]

Japan

Japan to reform defined contribution pension plan

The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare recently published a proposal aimed at reforming defined contribution (DC) plans by raising DC contribution sub-limits and relaxing individual DC plan (IdeCo) participation requirements for employees contributing to DC employer-sponsored pension plans. The […]

Cyprus

Cyprus introduces a COVID-19 vaccination leave

The Cyprus government published Decree No. 27 enabling employees to take a full day of paid leave to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus during their working hours. The new regulation entered into effect upon its publication in the official […]

South Korea

Korea expands substitute public holiday system

The Korean government recently approved a bill expanding the substitute public holiday system (which substitutes a holiday falling on a weekend to the next workday following the weekend) to all holidays that fall on weekends. This change will provide employees […]