Health & Welfare

Ireland

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 […]

Peru

Peru requires compulsory life insurance from the start of employment

The government of Peru now requires employers to provide employees with compulsory life insurance, including coverage for accident and disability, from the first day of employment. The new regulation, which will better protect the health and safety of employees, was […]

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 […]

Coronavirus

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 […]

Oman

Oman updates compulsory health insurance policy

Oman’s mandatory universal health insurance policy for private sector employees, domestic workers and visitors was initially expected to be rolled out late 2019. In September 2019, the vice president of the insurance sector at Oman’s Capital Market Authority announced that […]

Japan

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 Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has passed the Employment Bill of 2019 introducing additional maternity benefits for female employees. Read more. The government of Hong Kong announced that statutory maternity leave under the Employment Ordinance (EO) will increase from 10 […]