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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 […]

United Kingdom: Uber Drivers Are Workers Entitled to Employment Law Protections, Supreme Court Rules

(Mar. 17, 2021) The Supreme Court, the United Kingdom’s highest court, upheld on February 19, 2021, a ruling from the Court of Appeal that drivers who brought an employment law claim against Uber in 2016 were not independent contractors and were entitled to the protections afforded workers under U.K. employment law. The high court rejected […]

Russian Federation: Supreme Court Recognizes Birthdays and Bad Weather as Legitimate Reasons for Not Working

(Feb. 17, 2021) The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recently reviewed several labor law cases previously resolved by lower courts and concluded that any evidence admitted under the Civil Procedural Code can be used by employees to prove the validity of their absence from work. In one case, a fellow at a research institute […]

Saudi Arabia: Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development Launches Labor Reform Initiatives

(Dec. 4, 2020) On November 4, 2020, the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development announced that it would launch new labor reform initiatives to attract skilled workers to the labor market in the kingdom and to improve the kindgom’s Kafala or foreign-worker sponsorship system. Those labor initiatives include (1) introducing digital documentation of […]

International Labor Organization: Child Labor Convention Ratified by All ILO Member States, a First in ILO History

(Oct. 1, 2020) On August 4, 2020, the International Labor Organization (ILO) announced that Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour had been ratified by all countries that are parties to the ILO, marking the first time in the organization’s history that all member states have ratified a labor convention. Convention No. […]

United Nations: Agencies Urge Members Countries to Allow Crew Changes by Seafarers Stuck on Ships during Pandemic

(Sept. 30, 2020) On September 11, 2020, a number of United Nations (UN) agencies issued a joint statement asking all UN member countries to take urgent measures in order to allow crew changes of seafarers’ crews aboard shipping and fishing vessels notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement explains that such changes are long overdue, as […]

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 […]

Brazil: New Law Creates Emergency Employment and Income Maintenance Program

(July 8, 2020) On July 6, 2020, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a new law passed by Brazil’s National Congress aimed at reducing the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country. The law was published on July 6, 2020, and took effect immediately. Law No. 14,020 creates the Emergency Employment and […]

France: Bill Intended to Create New Status for Platform Economy Workers Defeated in Senate

(July 2, 2020) On June 4, 2020, a bill intended to create a separate employment status for workers in the gig economy was defeated in the French Senate. This bill, submitted to the Senate on September 11, 2019, aimed to fill a gap in French employment law. As noted in the commission report drafted by […]