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Brazil: New Rules for Unemployment Benefits and Bonus Salary Approved by Federal Senate

(June 2, 2015) On May 26, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a provisional measure that amends existing law regulating the unemployment insurance program (programa do seguro-desemprego) and salary bonuses (abono salarial). (Medida Provisória No. 665 (Dec. 30, 2014), PLANALTO, amending Lei No. 7,998 (Jan, 11, 1990) PLANALTO.) The measure changes the rules for unemployment […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Provide Transparency in Pay to Reduce Gender Inequalities

(May 13, 2015) The Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill is about to be debated in the House of Lords. This bill will allow the Secretary of State of the United Kingdom to introduce regulations under section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 that would require employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about the […]

Brazil: New Law Regulates Professional Drivers

(Mar. 12, 2015) In an effort to diffuse a strike of professional truck drivers that partially paralyzed the movement of goods in the country, on March 2, 2015, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef signed Law No. 13,103. (Lei No. 13.103, de 2 de Março de 2015, PLANALTO.) The enactment of the Law was part of the […]

Australia: Minimum Wage System to Be Examined by Productivity Commission

(Feb. 10, 2015) On January 22, 2015, the Australian Productivity Commission released a series of issues papers related to the workplace relations framework in Australia. (Workplace Relations Framework – Issues Papers, Productivity Commission website (last visited Feb. 5, 2015).) The Australian Treasurer requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a wide-ranging inquiry into the workplace relations […]

Germany: Parliament Passes Law on Minimum Wage

(Aug. 8, 2014) On July 3, 2014, the Bundestag (German parliament) approved by a large majority legislation introducing a minimum wage in Germany and ending a decade-long debate in the country on the subject. Starting in 2015, Germany will for the first time have a minimum wage, to be set at €8.50 (about US$11.40) per […]

Taiwan: Cabinet Approves Increase in Minimum Hourly Wage

(Sept. 28, 2012) The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is to take effect as of January 1, 2013. (Meg Chang, Taiwan Raises Minimum Hourly Wage, TAIWAN […]

Taiwan: Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage

(Aug. 13, 2012) Taiwan’s Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan’s minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 (about US$3.44) to NT$109 (about US$3.64) on January 1, 2013, and then to at least NT$115 […]

Taiwan: New Minimum Wage Proposed

(Aug. 5, 2011) On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about US$617) to NT$18,780 (about US$651) per month will take effect in January 2012. According to CLA […]

Hong Kong: Minimum Wage Law Takes Effect

(May 17, 2011) On May 1, 2011, Hong Kong's Minimum Wage Ordinance took effect; under it a HK$28 (about US$3.6) per hour minimum wage rate is enforced. (Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608), Hong Kong Department of Justice Bilingual Laws Information System (last visited May 11, 2011).) The Ordinance was passed by Hong Kong's Legislative Council […]

Nigeria: National Assembly to Increase Minimum Wage

(Jan. 19, 2011) It was reported on January 13, 2011, that Jonathan Goodluck, President of Nigeria, has forwarded a bill to amend the law on the national minimum wage to the National Assembly for floor action (Minimum Wage Bill with NASS-FG, VANGUARD (Jan. 13, 2011), http://tinyurl.com/46ulpax). If passed in its current form, the bill would […]