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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 […]

Sri Lanka: Two Laws on Wages Adopted

(June 21, 2016) In March 2016, Sri Lanka adopted two laws on wages designed to guarantee a minimum income level for workers. The National Minimum Wages Act, No. 3 of 2016, mandates a national, minimum monthly wage of Rs10,000 (about US$67.56), and the Budgetary Relief Allowance of Workers Act, No. 4 of 2016, establishes that […]

Nepal: Minimum Wage Increased

(May 23, 2016) It was reported on March 1, 2016, that the Government of Nepal had amended the minimum wage provided for under the Labor Act, 1992.  Notice of the change was published in the Nepal Gazette dated February 1, 2016.  (Anup Raj Upreti & Tilak Bikram Pandey, Minimum Wage / Salary, 2016 (2072), LEGAL […]

Aruba: Increased Minimum Wage and Wage Limit for Benefits

(Apr. 13, 2016) Effective March 1, 2016, the monthly minimum wage for most employees in Aruba was set at AWG1677.60 (about US$926.85) or AWG391.25 (about US$216.16) per week) for workers 18 years of age and older; for domestic workers 18 years of age and older, the new minimum wage is AWG782.65 (about US$432.40) per month. […]

Taiwan: Maximum 40-Hour Work Week in Effect

(Apr. 12, 2016) On January 1, 2016, an amendment to the Labor Standards Act that limits the work week in Taiwan to 40 hours entered into force. The amendment cut the former maximum work limit of 84 hours every two weeks to the 40-hour per week limit, with no more than eight hours of work […]

New Zealand: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15.25 Per Hour

(Mar. 1, 2016) On February 29, 2016, the New Zealand Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Michael Woodhouse, announced that the adult minimum wage will increase by NZ$0.50 to NZ$15.25 per hour (about US$10) from April 1, 2016.  (Press Release, Michael Woodhouse, Minimum Wage to Increase to $15.25 (Feb. 29, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.)  A smaller increase […]

Turkey: Legislation Adopted on Part-Time Work Option for Working Mothers

(Feb. 19, 2016) Legislation amending Turkey’s labor laws, adopted by the Grand National Assembly (the Turkish parliament), creates flexible work options. Under the new provisions, “working mothers with young children will be able to work part-time” by permitting “rented workers” (i.e., contract workers), whose employment contracts will end when the mothers go back to work, […]

Turkey: New Minimum Wage

(Jan. 7, 2016) As of January 1, 2016, the net minimum wage paid by Turkish businesses to their employees increased by about 30%, from TL1,000 to TL1,300 per month (about US$333 – $433). The Turkish government is to cover “some 40 percent of the cost,” about TL110, of the increase, amounting in all to around […]

South Korea: Constitutional Court Decides Long-Running Case on Compensation for Forced Labor During Colonial Rule

(Jan. 6, 2016) A lawsuit called “the longest unresolved case” in Korea, which took the country’s Constitutional Court six years to deliberate, was finally settled in December 2015. (2009 Heonba 317 (Dec. 23, 2015) (in Korean); Yong-Jin Che, Claims Agreement Lawsuit That Gained Attention in Korea and Japan, Korean Constitutional Court Avoided Discussion, CHOSUN ILBO […]