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Italy: Constitutional Court Finds Sick Leave Limit for Public Employees Discriminatory

(Apr. 23, 2021) On March 3, 2021, the Italian Constitutional Court declared that a law limiting the sick leave available to seriously ill public employees is unconstitutional. The court found that the law is unreasonable because it sets an 18-month maximum amount of sick leave for an inability to work caused by an illness itself […]

New Zealand: Bill Providing for Bereavement Leave Following Miscarriage Passed

(Mar. 26, 2021) On March 24, 2021, the New Zealand Parliament unanimously passed the Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2). The Bill “makes it clear that the unplanned end of a pregnancy by miscarriage or still-birth constitutes grounds for bereavement leave for the mother and her partner or spouse, and that the […]

Kuwait: Manpower Authority Issues Decree to Regulate Work Permits

(Mar. 19, 2021) On January 11, 2021, the director general of the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Manpower issued Decree No. 27 of 2021 on Rules and Procedures for GrantingWork Permits. The purpose of the decree, which consists of 56 provisions, is to regulate the registration, renewal, and cancelation of work permits in Kuwait. The decree […]

France: Parliament Approves Extension of Paternity Leave

(Dec. 9, 2020) The French Parliament has approved legislation that would double paternity leave, from 14 days to 28 days, including seven mandatory days. This new rule is included in the bill to fund social security for 2021, article 35 of which amends the French Labor Code and other relevant texts to increase paternity leave. […]

Japan: Supreme Court Rules on Unequal Treatment of Fixed-Term Employees

(Nov. 19, 2020) On October 13 and 15, 2020, Japan’s Supreme Court rendered five judgments on whether it is reasonable to treat fixed-term employees differently from their counterpart permanent employees in the payment of bonuses, retirement allowances, holiday extra pay, and paid leave. Employees with nonregular status (e.g., fixed-term employees, dispatched workers, temporary workers) represent […]

Switzerland: Paid Paternity Leave of Two Weeks Approved by Voters

(Oct. 8, 2020) On September 27, 2020, Swiss voters approved by a vote of 60.34% to 39.66% a parliamentary initiative that introduces two weeks of paid paternity leave. Voter turnout was 59.3%. The initiative amends the Code of Obligations and the Loss of Earnings Compensation Act. The proposal was a direct counterproposal to a popular […]

Argentina: New Law on Telework Promulgated

(Aug. 24, 2020) On July 30, 2020, the Argentine Congress passed Law 27555 on the Teleworking Contracts Regime, which provides the legal framework for teleworking in employment settings that allow it. The new legislation, which will become effective 90 days after the national government declares the end of the country’s mandatory COVID-19 quarantine, was signed […]

Hong Kong: Legislative Council Passes Bill to Extend Statutory Maternity Leave

(Aug. 17, 2020) On July 9, 2020, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council passed the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019, which will increase the statutory maternity leave for female employees from 10 weeks to 14 weeks. The new measure was published as the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 (Amendment Ordinance) in the Government Gazette on July 17, 2020. The […]