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Finland to equalize family leave entitlements between parents

The Finnish parliament recently adopted a bill introducing a government-paid pregnancy leave and an unpaid carer’s leave, as well as equalizing family leave entitlements between both parents, including same-sex couples and adoptive parents. The family leave reform is expected to […]

Canada

British Columbia introduces paid sick leave [Updated]

Update: On 30 March 2022, the British Columbia government passed new amendments to the paid sick leave provisions: Made sick leave available to employees in each calendar year instead of the employment year (marked by the employee’s anniversary date). This […]

Denmark

Denmark to equalize family leave entitlements between parents

The Danish parliament recently adopted a bill introducing a new parental leave model equalizing family leave entitlements between both parents, including same-sex couples. The bill is expected to enter into effect on 2 August 2022, and apply to births from […]

Canada

Canada introduces paid sick leave

The Canadian federal government passed new legislation increasing the minimum statutory paid sick leave up to a maximum of 10 days per calendar year for federally regulated private sector employees. The new legislation, which amends Canada Labour Code (CLC), will […]

Japan

Japan to increase child care leave

In June 2021, the Japanese government passed legislation increasing the use of child care leave to ensure a better work-life balance for working parents. The new legislation amending the Child and Family Care Act will enter into effect 1 April […]

Jersey

Jersey to increase annual leave and daily rest breaks

The Jersey government recently approved amendments to the Jersey Employment Law of 2003 which: Increases statutory employer-paid annual leave from 10 workdays to 15 workdays Introduces a 20-minute daily rest break for every continuous six hours worked The changes will […]

Taiwan

Taiwan enhances parental leave benefits

The government of Taiwan passed legislation enhancing parental leave policies by: Adding more flexibility to the parental leave benefit  Extending leave for pregnancy checkups Increasing the parental leave allowance paid The changes entered into effect on 1 July 2021. Key […]

Bermuda

Bermuda expands parental and annual leave benefits

The Government of Bermuda passed the Employment (Maternity Leave Extension and Paternity Leave) Amendment Act 2019 (the Act) which: Introduces a five-day employer-paid statutory paternity leave. Expands statutory maternity leave from 12 weeks (eight weeks paid and four weeks unpaid […]