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New Zealand: Paid Parental Leave to Be Extended to 26 Weeks by 2020

(Dec. 5, 2017) On November 30, 2017, the New Zealand Parliament voted to pass legislation that will see the current paid parental leave entitlement of 18 weeks extended in two stages: to 22 weeks from July 1, 2018, and then to 26 weeks from July 1, 2020.  (Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill, PARLIAMENT […]

France: Right to Disconnect Takes Effect

(Jan. 13, 2017) The “right to disconnect” came into effect in France on January 1, 2017. (Clémentine Maligorne, Travail: vous avez désormais le droit de vous déconnecter [Work : You Have the Right to Disconnect], LE FIGARO (Jan. 4, 2017).) This refers to the right of employees to not have to take calls or read emails […]

Canada: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Workers’ Compensation for Medical Workers with Cancer

(Aug. 1, 2016) On June 24, 2016, in a 6-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of three medical laboratory technicians who sought workers’ compensation for the breast cancer that they claimed to have developed as a result of their occupation. The Supreme Court upheld the original decision of the Workers’ Compensation […]

United Nations: Commission Issues Declaration on Gender Equality and Reproductive Health

(Sept. 23, 2013) The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. Ministers and senior officials from 47 countries, as well as civil society representatives, almost 500 delegates in […]

Sri Lanka: Food Safety Measures Approved

(Sept. 5, 2013) It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with dicyandiamide (DCD), a chemical used in agriculture, and of whey protein concentrate with the bacteria clostridium […]

European Union: New Regulation on Biocides

(Sept. 4, 2013) On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests and germs (e.g., molds and bacteria). The Regulation also applies to insect repellents, disinfectants, and industrial […]

Italy: Plan to Control Boat Traffic in Venice

(Aug. 29, 2013) On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city’s canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist in a boating accident, city officials stated that several measures would be taken to control the traffic. […]

ASEAN; Indonesia: Indonesia Urged to Ratify Smog Treaty

(July 8, 2013) On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across borders, the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. The statement was part of a joint communiqué from a meeting of the foreign ministers of the […]

Denmark: Doctors Concerned About Data Sharing

(June 28, 2013) Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have expressed concern that under the law now being considered, they will have to submit more patient […]