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Brazil: New Law Reforms Labor Relations

(July 20, 2017) On July 13, 2017, Brazil enacted Law No. 13.467 (Lei No. 13.467, de 13 de Julho de 2017, PLANALTO), which amended the Consolidation of Labor Laws (Consolidação das Leis do Trabalho, Decreto-Lei No. 5.452, de 1 de Maio de 1943, PLANALTO) and other laws for the purpose of implementing a labor reform […]

New Zealand: Government and Care Workers Reach Pay Equity Settlement

(Apr. 21, 2017) On April 18, 2017, the New Zealand government announced that a settlement had been reached with workers in the government-funded service sectors of aged and disability residential care and home and community support services that will result in pay increases of between 15 and 50% for those workers. (Press Release, Jonathan Coleman, $2 Billion Pay […]

Morocco: Law Aimed at Protecting Domestic Workers Adopted

(Apr. 20, 2017) On August 10, 2016, the King of Morocco issued a decree approving the Law on Fixing the Conditions of Employing and Employment of Female and Male Domestic Workers.  The Law will come into effect, pursuant to its article 27, “one year after the necessary texts needed for its implementation have been published […]

Iran: 14.5% Minimum Wage Increase Still Not in Accord with Labor Law Protections

(Apr. 19, 2017) Iran’s Supreme Labor Council, a government body charged with proposing labor regulations to the presidential Cabinet, agreed on March 15, 2017, to raise the minimum wage for the 2017 fiscal year (which begins March 21 in Iran) by 14.5%.  (Workers’ Rights, CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN (Jan. 3, 2006); Labor Code […]

Taiwan: Bill Drafted to Give Extra Charges to Actual Service Providers

(Apr. 3, 2017) It was reported on March 26, 2017, that a Member of the Legislative Yuan (the main legislative body) of Taiwan has put forward draft legislation that would ensure service charges and cleaning fees charged to customers would be paid to the actual service providers instead of retained by employers as extra earnings.  (George […]

Brazil: Law to Regulate Payment to Employees of All Forms of Gratuities

(Mar. 17, 2017) A new law enacted on March 13, 2017, amended article 457 of the Consolidation of Labor Laws to regulate the apportionment among employees of the additional expenses charged to patrons of bars, restaurants, hotels, motels, and similar establishments.  (CONSOLIDAÇÃO DAS LEIS DO TRABALHO [C.L.T.], Decreto-Lei No. 5.452, de 1 de Maio de […]

Germany: Government Proposes Law to Reduce Gender Pay Gap

(Jan. 18, 2017) On January 11, 2017, the German government agreed on a draft act that aims to ensure equal pay for work of equal value for women and men in the same workplace. (Gesetzentwurf der Bundesregierung, Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Förderung der Transparenz von Entgeltstrukturen [Draft Act of the Federal Government, Draft Act to Promote Transparency in […]

Hungary: Broad Tax Reforms Adopted

(Nov. 28, 2016) The Hungarian Parliament adopted a number of tax reforms on November 22, 2016. The tax package is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises by giving them more incentives, cutting bureaucracy, and combatting the black market.  (Parliament Adopts Tax Package Designed to Cut Red Tape and Provide SME Incentives, […]

International Labour Organization: Report Issued on Non-Standard Jobs

(Nov. 21, 2016) The International Labour Organization (ILO) has issued a report on non-standard forms of employment, recommending that policies be changed. (Non-Standard Employment Around the World: Understanding Challenges, Shaping Prospects (Nov. 14, 2016), ILO website.) Non-standard employment includes temporary or part-time work, work obtained through agencies or sub-contractors, self-employment, and disguised employment relationships. (Press […]

Netherlands: New Minimum Wage

(July 14, 2016) The gross minimum wage for full-time workers age 23 and older in the Netherlands increased to €1,537.20 (about US$1,698) per month on July 1, 2016. (Statutory Minimum Wage as of 1 July 2016 (May 26, 2016), Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment website.) The previous minimum gross monthly wage for that category of […]