Health & Welfare

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 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 […]

Zambia

Zambia to implement a new universal health insurance

In April 2018, the government of Zambia passed a National Health Insurance Act, 2018 (the “Act”), which aims to provide mandatory universal access to healthcare for all citizens and residents age 18 and older. The commencement orders of the new […]

Canada

British Columbia launches a new employer health tax

On 1 January 2019, the government of British Columbia (BC) launched a new Employer Health Tax (EHT) to shift the health care system financial burden from employees to employers. The EHT is a tax levied on an annual payroll for […]

Ireland

Ireland to expand paid and unpaid parental leave benefits

The Irish government is introducing two changes to expand family leave benefits. The first change, the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019, or “the Act,” will extend the existing unpaid parental leave for each child from 18 weeks to 26 weeks. […]