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New remote working legislation around the world [Updated]

With the rise of technology, work from home has been a steadily growing trend for many years. Remote working has exploded since spring 2020 with quarantines, workplace closures and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at least for jobs and industries that do not always require workers to be on-site.

This abrupt worldwide shift to remote work sparked new logistical and structural legal challenges that warranted many countries to pass teleworking legislation, some of which is summarized in this article.
New teleworking legislation varies widely across the countries. While some countries introduced their first teleworking general legal framework, other countries passed more detailed measures. This article will only cover permanent teleworking legislation that has entered into effect since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Temporary COVID-19 related measures, as well as proposed legislation not yet passed as of the publication of this article, will not be addressed.

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Brazil to implement a national pension reform

On 23 October 2019, the Brazilian Senate approved the final constitutional amendment of a pension reform which would: Increase workers’ pension contributions rates and requirements Create a minimum retirement age Introduce a new mechanism for benefits calculation While most provisions […]

Brazil discusses new data protection law

Beginning 15 February 2020, Brazil’s new data protection law, Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD), will require companies to comply with strict requirements related to the processing of personal data. The law is similar in many respects to the […]