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Austria: Legal Right to Paternity Leave Expanded

(Oct. 29, 2019) On September 1, 2019, an amendment to the Austrian Paternity Leave Act (VKG) entered into force. (VKG § 14, para. 19.) The amendment gives fathers of babies born after December 1, 2019, the legal right to take unpaid early paternity leave for one month immediately following the birth of the child (“daddy month”). The […]

China: Regulation on Online Protection of Children’s Personal Information Issued

(Oct. 28, 2019) On August 22, 2019, the central internet information regulator of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China), the Cyberspace Administration of China, issued the Provisions on Online Protection of Children’s Personal Information. The new data privacy regulation “sets forth high-level requirements for the collection, storage, use, transfer, and disclosure of the […]

Brazil: Law Amended to Require Domestic Violence Aggressors to Pay for Victims’ Treatment

(Sept. 23, 2019) A bill requiring perpetrators of domestic violence to reimburse the Unified Health System (Sistema Unico de Saúde, SUS) for the costs of the victim’s medical and hospital care was approved on August 20, 2019, by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. The bill (Projeto de Lei 2438/2019) amended Law No. 11, 340 of […]

Italy: New Law Enters into Force to Protect Victims of Domestic and Gender Violence

(Sept. 9, 2019) On August 9, 2019, new legislation related to protecting victims of domestic and gender violence entered into force in Italy. (Law No. 69 of July 19, 2019, Amendments to the Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and other Provisions on the Protection of Victims of Domestic and Gender Violence (in Italian).) Changes […]

France: Bill Proposed to Extend “Medically-Assisted Procreation” to Lesbian Couples and Single Women

(Sept. 6, 2019) On July 24, 2019, the French prime minister and the minister of Health and Solidarity submitted a bill on bioethics to the National Assembly, one of the two chambers of the French parliament. While this bill touches on a number of different subjects, the most notable and controversial aspect is that it […]

Switzerland: Consultation Process on Marriage Equality Proposal Concludes

(Aug. 26, 2019) On June 21, 2019, the Federal Assembly—the Swiss parliament—concluded the consultation process on the parliamentary “Marriage for All” initiative, through which interested parties, in accordance with the Federal Act on the Consultation Procedure and the Decree on the Consultation Procedure, were able to voice their opinion on the Draft Revision of the […]

New Zealand: Major Changes to Funded Family Care Policy Announced

(Aug. 13, 2019) On July 7, 2019, the New Zealand government announced several changes to the existing system for paying people who provide health and/or disability services to family members, known as the Funded Family Care policy. The current funding arrangements for Funded Family Care are contained in the Funded Family Care Notice 2013, which […]

Guinea: Parliament Approves Civil Code That Would Legalize Polygamy

(Aug. 12, 2019) On May 9, 2019, a large majority of representatives in the National Assembly of Guinea voted in favour of a new Civil Code that would make monogamy the presumed form of marriage but would legalize polygamy. The vote was held only a few months after the Assembly’s last attempt was scrapped by […]

Côte d’Ivoire: Bill to Amend Marriage Law Approved

(Aug. 9, 2019) On March 27, 2019, the Council of Ministers of Côte d’Ivoire approved a bill that would substantially amend the country’s marriage law. It must now be presented to the Parliament, where, if adopted, it will become law following its promulgation by the President. The bill, which was drafted as part of a […]