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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 […]

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 […]

Turkey: Minimum Wage Increase Proposed

(Nov. 17, 2015) It was reported on November 6, 2015, that Turkey’s minimum wage is expected to rise to TL1,300 (about US$451) per month, from the current TL1,000, at the beginning of 2016. Currently, there are about five million workers in Turkey who receive the minimum wage. In addition, employers that sign collective bargaining agreements […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Employment Contracts

(Aug. 20, 2015) On June 25, 2015, new legislation making substantial revisions to Italy’s labor code entered into effect. (Legislative Decree No. 81 of June 15, 2015, Organic Regulations of Employment Contracts and Revision of the Norms Concerning Labor, in Accordance with Article 1, Paragraph 7, of Law No. 183 of December 10, 2014 [L.D. […]