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Bangladesh: Ban on Trade Union Activity Relaxed

(Sept. 10, 2008) On September 7, 2008, Bangladesh's Interim Government relaxed certain emergency rules to allow limited trade union activity. Trade union activity, along with political activities and street protests, were banned in January 2007 when a state of emergency was declared by the Interim Government following months of political violence. On September 7, the […]

Taiwan: Labor Insurance Statute Amended

(Sept. 5, 2008) The Statute on Labor Insurance was significantly amended on August 13, 2008. Among other changes are the following. The new Statute divides labor insurance into the two categories and payment types of ordinary accident insurance and occupational disaster insurance. The former includes the five payment categories of life, casualty, incapacity, old age, […]

Czech Republic: New Rules for Sick Leave Benefits

(June 2, 2008) On May 15, 2008, the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic invalidated the package of reform legislation initiated by the government that had provided for the elimination of payments to all employees nationwide during the first three days of an illness. The current legislation allows people to receive payments in an amount […]

Bangladesh: New Ordinance to Amend the Bangladesh Labor Act of 2006

(Apr. 2, 2008) The Bangladesh interim cabinet approved the Bangladesh Labor (amendment) Ordinance 2008 on March 31. The ordinance allows only one trade union organization to conduct activities at the ports of Chittagong and Mongla. Prior law allowed more than one organization at both ports. In addition to allowing only one trade union to conduct […]

Ghana: Minimum Wage Increase

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 5, 2008, Ghana's National Tripartite Committee (NTC) announced that the country's daily minimum wage would rise to GHC2.25 (1 cedi equals US$1), an increase of over 18 percent from the previous GHC1.9. The new wage was implemented effective March 1. The 15-member NTC, founded on October 24, 2007, comprises five […]

Japan: McDonald’s Manager Not Considered a Manager Under Labor Law

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 28, 2008, the Tokyo District Court ordered McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) Ltd. to pay 7.55 million yen (US$70,000) in overtime allowance and "additional pay" to a manager at one of its outlets. The court said that a shop manager of a McDonald's in Saitama Prefecture does not qualify as a […]

Germany: Unemployment Compensation

(Feb. 2, 2008) On December 22, 2007, Germany's legislature enacted the Amending Law to Title 3 of the Social Code (Sechstes Gesetz zur Änderung des Dritten Buches Sozialgesetzbuch, BUNDESGESETZBLATT I at 3245), which reduces unemployment compensation from 4.2 percent to 3.3 percent of earnings. Half of these contributions are paid by the employer and the […]

Israel: Choice of Labor Law in West Bank Israeli Settlements

(Dec. 2, 2007) In a ground breaking decision rendered on October 10, 2007, the High Court of Justice in an extended bench held that Israel's labor laws apply to Palestinians who are employed by Israeli employers in the West Bank. The Supreme Court had already determined in the past that the West Bank was held […]

United States: Court Enjoins New DHS Employment Regulations Targeting Illegal Immigrants

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 10, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction against the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), preventing DHS from implementing new regulations designed to make it more difficult for employers to hire and retain employees who are illegal immigrants. The Social Security Administration ("SSA") […]