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Belgium: Employment of Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

(Dec. 16, 2008) On December 5, 2008, the Belgian Council of Ministers approved a draft royal regulation that keeps barriers in place against the hiring of Bulgarian and Romanian workers for three more years, from January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2011, because of the risk of unemployment due to the economic crisis. The government, […]

Netherlands: Severance Pay Ceiling Proposed

(Dec. 9, 2008) The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance pay for employees whose annual salary is €75,000 (about US$95,000) or more. The ceiling, which would […]

Namibia: Ban on Labor hire Organizations to Take Effect

(Dec. 8, 2008) In an announcement published in the government gazette on December 3, 2008, Namibian Labor Minister, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, declared that section 128 of the Labor Act of Namibia, a provision that prohibits labor hire practices, will take effect on March 1, 2009. This announcement comes a week after a Namibian High Court cleared […]

Taiwan: Amendment to Gender Employment Equality Law

(Dec. 4, 2008) On November 26, 2008, Taiwan's Gender Employment Equality Law, which was originally promulgated on January 16, 2002, was amended. The amendment affects articles 38 and 38-1, the penalty provisions of the Law. A January 2008 amendment changed the title of the Law from the Two Genders' Employment Equality Law, among other revisions. […]

Tanzania: Workers’ Compensation Act

(Nov. 21, 2008) On November 4, 2008, Tanzania's National Assembly approved amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act. In particular, the revisions are aimed at assisting employees who become disabled or die as a result of employment-related injuries, thereby remedying flaws in article 263 of the Act that had led to some employees being deprived of […]

China: Implementation Regulations of Labor Contract Law Published

(Oct. 28, 2008) On September 18, 2008, the State Council of the People's Republic of China (PRC) passed the Implementation Regulations of the PRC Labor Contract Law. (Text of the Implementation Regulations [in Chinese], Central People's Government of the PRC official website, Sept. 19, 2008, available at The Regulations aim to clarify unclear provisions […]

Namibia: New Labor Act to Become Effective

(Oct. 7, 2008) The Namibian Labor Act of 2007 will become effective on November 1, 2008, the Namibian Minister of Labor and Social Welfare announced recently. The implementation of the Act, which was approved several months ago by the Namibian Parliament and the President, had been postponed to accommodate concerns of the business community. The […]

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 […]