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South Korea: Labor Standards Law Amended to Limit Workweek

(May 18, 2018) On March 20, 2018, the President of South Korea promulgated an amendment to the country’s 1997 Labor Standards Act. The amendment had been passed by the National Assembly on February 27, 2018. (Labor Standards Act, Act No. 5309, Mar. 13, 1997, amended by Act No. 15513, Mar. 20, 2018 (in Korean).) The […]

Germany: Companies May Exclude Spouses Who Are More than 15 Years Younger than the Deceased from Survivors’ Benefits

(Apr. 25, 2018) In a decision published on April 11, 2018, the German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) ruled that a clause in an occupational pension agreement that excludes from survivors’ benefits spouses who are more than 15 years younger than the deceased former employee does not constitute discrimination on the grounds of age. (BAG, […]

Mexico: Foreign Service Law Reformed

(Mar. 28, 2018) In a plenary session on March 22, 2018, all 337 members of the Lower House of the Mexican Congress (Cámara de Diputados) voted to approve various reforms to the Mexican Foreign Service Law, which seeks to improve the working conditions of state workers abroad.  (Horacio Jiménez & Alejandra Canchola, Cámara de diputados […]

Italy: New Law Changes Retirement Age

(Jan. 4, 2018) On December 5, 2017, a new law adjusting the age requirements for pension benefits entered into force in Italy. (Decree of December 5, 2017, Adjusting the Requirements to Access Retirement Benefits to the Increase of Life Expectancy (the Decree), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.) (Dec. 12, 2017) (in Italian).) The Decree was enacted in […]

European Union: National Legislation Prohibiting Extension of Probationary Period for Civil Servants on Parental Leave Ruled Incompatible with EU Law

(Oct. 4, 2017) On September 7, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that the provision of the Civil Service Act of the German state of Berlin that prohibited extension of the two-year probationary period of a civil servant appointed to a managerial post, even when the civil servant was on parental leave for […]

Italy: Amendment to Law on Employment Contracts

(Apr. 21, 2017) On March 17, 2017, new employment legislation entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 25 of March 17, 2017, Urgent Provisions for the Repeal of Provisions on Accessory Work as well as for the Amendment of Provisions on Joint Liability in Government Procurement (D. L. No. 25), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.) (Mar. 17, 2017), […]