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Guatemala / Mexico: Agreement to Cooperate on Labor Matters Published

(Feb. 7, 2019) On January 24, 2019, Guatemala published in its official gazette, Diario de Centro América, the bilateral Agreement on Cooperation in Labor Matters it signed with Mexico in Geneva on June 6, 2018. (Agreement on Cooperation in Labor Matters Between the Government of the Republic of Guatemala and the Government of the United […]

Uzbekistan: Government Looks to Create Favorable Conditions for Attracting Qualified Foreign Employees

(Jan. 25, 2019) On November 7, 2018, the president of Uzbekistan signed a resolution aimed at providing impetus for the inflow of qualified foreign specialists in Uzbekistan. (Resolution of the President of Uzbekistan on Measures to Create Favorable Conditions for Employment of Qualified Specialists from Foreign Countries in the Territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan, […]

Mexico: Central Bank Challenges Pay Limits for Public Servants Law Before Supreme Court

(Jan. 23, 2019) In a press release issued on January 3, 2019, the Bank of Mexico (Mexico’s central bank) announced it was filing a constitutional suit before the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. The Bank is asking the Court to establish and delimit the scope of application of the Federal Law on Remuneration […]

Mexico: Convention on the Application of the Principles of the Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively Ratified

(Jan. 11, 2019) On November 23, 2018, Mexico ratified an International Labor Organization (ILO) convention known as the Convention Concerning the Application of the Principles of the Right to Organize and to Bargain Collectively (commonly referred to as Convention 98). (Mexico Ratifies the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98), ILO (Nov. […]

South Africa: National Minimum Wage Bill Enacted

(Nov. 30, 2018) On November 26, 2018, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the National Minimum Wage Bill (now the National Minimum Wage Act), which the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, the two houses of the country’s Parliament, passed on May 29 and August 21, 2018, respectively. (South Africa’s Ramaphosa […]

Uruguay: Congress Adopts New Law on Transgender Rights

(Oct. 31, 2018) On October 19, 2018, the Uruguayan Congress adopted the new Comprehensive Law for Transgender Persons, aimed at reversing discrimination and advancing the rights of this population, including the right to work, to housing, and to surgical interventions. (Uruguay Aprueba la Ley Integral para Personas Trans [Uruguay Approves Comprehensive Law for Transgender Persons], […]

European Union: European Court of Justice Rules on Religious Employment Discrimination

(Oct. 3, 2018) On September 11, 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that dismissing a Catholic employee in a managerial position at a Catholic hospital for remarrying in a civil ceremony could constitute discrimination. According to the Court, religion or belief must be a genuine, legitimate, and justified occupational requirement in light of […]

Italy: New Law Amends Rules on Fixed-Term Employment Contracts, Delocalization of Companies, and Determining Taxpayer Income

(Aug. 30, 2018) On July 14, 2018, a new law amending rules on fixed-term employment contracts entered into force in Italy. (Decree Law No. 87 of July 12, 2018, Urgent Provisions for the Dignity of Workers and Companies) (D.L. No. 87), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.), July 13, 2018 (in Italian), G.U. website.) Covered Contracts The new […]

Brazil: National Labor Policy Within the Prison System Enacted

(July 26, 2018) On July 24, 2018, Brazil enacted Decree No. 9,450, which creates the National Labor Policy Within the Prison System (Política Nacional de Trabalho no âmbito do Sistema Prisional, PNAT) to allow persons deprived of their liberty and those who have left the prison system to more easily enter the work world and […]