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Japan: Law to Prevent “Powa-Hara” (Power Harassment) Takes Effect

(June 22, 2020) On June 1, 2020, the 2019 amendment to the Labor Policy Comprehensive Promotion Act (Act No. 132 of 1966, amended by Act No. 24 of 2019 (Reiwa)) took effect. The amendment act, nicknamed the “Powa-Hara (Power Harassment) Prevention Act,” had been promulgated on June 5, 2019. A 2016 survey on power harassment […]

Germany: New Immigration Acts to Attract and Retain Skilled Workers Published

(Oct. 28, 2019) On August 20, 2019, the Skilled Workers’ Immigration Act and the Act on Temporary Suspension of Deportation for Training and Employment were published in the German Federal Law Gazette. The objective of the Skilled Workers’ Immigration Act is to “create a legislative framework for selective and increased immigration of skilled workers from […]

Italy: New Provisions on Worker Protection and Employment-Related Corporate Crises Take Effect

(Oct. 25, 2019) On September 5, 2019, Decree Law No. 101 of September 3, 2019 (Decreto-Legge 3 settembre 2019, n. 101) (D.L. No. 101), containing urgent measures to provide worker protection and financial aid to resolve employment-related corporate crises in economically depressed areas of the country, entered into force in Italy. Worker Protection Measures New […]

Italy: New Legislation on Clinical Trials of Medicines Takes Effect

(Aug. 12, 2019) On June 27, 2019, Decreto Legislativo No. 52 of May 14, 2019, regulating clinical trials of medicines for human use entered into force in Italy. This legislation amends existing regulations in order to promote and control the use of medical facilities for clinical trials of medicines. Provisions of Legislative Decree No. 52 […]

Uruguay: Congress Adopts New Law on Transgender Rights

(Oct. 31, 2018) On October 19, 2018, the Uruguayan Congress adopted the new Comprehensive Law for Transgender Persons, aimed at reversing discrimination and advancing the rights of this population, including the right to work, to housing, and to surgical interventions. (Uruguay Aprueba la Ley Integral para Personas Trans [Uruguay Approves Comprehensive Law for Transgender Persons], […]

European Union: European Court of Justice Rules on Religious Employment Discrimination

(Oct. 3, 2018) On September 11, 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that dismissing a Catholic employee in a managerial position at a Catholic hospital for remarrying in a civil ceremony could constitute discrimination. According to the Court, religion or belief must be a genuine, legitimate, and justified occupational requirement in light of […]

France: Law to Help Youth Transition to Adulthood and to Further Equality

(Mar. 20, 2017) At the end of January 2017, the French President promulgated a new law aimed at helping young people successfully transition into adulthood. (Loi n° 2017-86 du 27 janvier 2017 relative à l’égalité et à la citoyenneté [Law No. 2017-86 of 27 January 2017 Regarding Equality and Citizenship], LEGIFRANCE.) The law is organized […]

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. […]