United Kingdom

UK Good Work Plan’s sweeping changes

Reforms proposed within the framework of The Good Work Plan (GWP) continue to make their way into UK employment law through various pieces of secondary legislation. Many provisions came into effect 6 April 2020, and other proposals are expected to […]


Update on the Denmark Holiday Act

Update: Effective 1 September 2020, Danish employees will be able to take holiday in the year of accrual, including their first year of employment, instead of waiting to take leave in the following year. The change takes effect for financial […]

New Zealand

New Zealand to expand paid parental leave

New Zealand is expanding paid parental leave to 26 weeks effective 1 July 2020. Background Under the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Act 2017, the paid parental leave entitlement of 18 weeks was extended in two stages: to 22 […]


India requires health insurance for all employees

As India emerges from lockdown, companies will be mandated to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) when returning staff to the active workforce. One of the new requirements issued under the SOPs is to provide health insurance for all employees of […]


Bahrain to impose compulsory health insurance plan on expats

The government of Bahrain has issued a new law that will make it compulsory for health insurance coverage to be provided to all citizens, residents and visitors to the country. While the intent has been announced, the specific law has […]


UAE DIFC mandatory retirement plan final guidance

Update: Final guidance has been issued by the DIFC, a special economic zone in Dubai, on the implementation of the new DIFC Employee Workplace Savings plan (DEWS), which replaces the current end-of-service gratuity payment plan for expatriate employees. The plan, […]

United Kingdom

United Kingdom increases statutory pay rates

The government in the United Kingdom has increased the rates of statutory pay for sick pay, maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, effective 6 April 2020. The following weekly rates of statutory pay are expected to apply from 6 […]


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 […]


South Korea to implement universal corporate pension system (Update)

The Korean government introduced a bill mandating all companies established in South Korea contribute to a compulsory corporate pension plan, which can include defined contribution, defined benefit and individual retirement pension plans. The proposed bill was introduced on 11 June […]