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Germany: Companies May Exclude Spouses Who Are More than 15 Years Younger than the Deceased from Survivors’ Benefits

(Apr. 25, 2018) In a decision published on April 11, 2018, the German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) ruled that a clause in an occupational pension agreement that excludes from survivors’ benefits spouses who are more than 15 years younger than the deceased former employee does not constitute discrimination on the grounds of age. (BAG, […]

Argentina: Bill on Gender Parity and Equal Opportunities in the Workplace Proposed

(Apr. 4, 2018) On March 13, 2018, Argentina’s government submitted to the National Congress a bill to amend the Labor Contract Law in order to establish gender parity standards in the workplace. (Proyecto 0038/18, Mar. 13, 2018, Cámara de Diputados website.) The bill aims at implementing equal pay for equal work, enforcing equality in hiring […]

Mexico: Foreign Service Law Reformed

(Mar. 28, 2018) In a plenary session on March 22, 2018, all 337 members of the Lower House of the Mexican Congress (Cámara de Diputados) voted to approve various reforms to the Mexican Foreign Service Law, which seeks to improve the working conditions of state workers abroad.  (Horacio Jiménez & Alejandra Canchola, Cámara de diputados […]

Italy: New Legislation Regulating the Audiovisual Sector

(Jan. 26, 2018) On December 28, 2017, three new Legislative Decrees (L.D.s) regulating the film and audiovisual sector were published in Italy, with an effective date of December 1, 2018. (L.D. No. 202 of December 7, 2017, Provisions on Employment in the Film and Audiovisual Sector; L.D. No. 203 of December 7, 2017, Reform of […]

Poland: Criminal Background Check for Financial Sector Job Applicants Introduced

(Jan. 9, 2018) On January 1, 2018, amendments to the Polish Labor Code and other laws regulating employment in the financial sector entered into force. (Law of October 24, 2017 on Amending Financial Sector Legislation (DZIENNIK USTAW [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] 2017, No. 2491).)  The new provisions, which were drawn up by Poland’s Ministry of Development, extend […]

Israel: New Law Defines Factors for Approving Employment on the Sabbath

(Jan. 5, 2018) On December 26, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed a law detailing conditions for approval of employment on the Sabbath. (Hours of Work and Rest Law (Amendment No. 16) Law, 5778-2017 (the Amendment Law).  (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, SH] 5778 No. 2675 p. 73, RESHUMOT [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] (enter 2675 in upper left box […]

Italy: New Law Changes Retirement Age

(Jan. 4, 2018) On December 5, 2017, a new law adjusting the age requirements for pension benefits entered into force in Italy. (Decree of December 5, 2017, Adjusting the Requirements to Access Retirement Benefits to the Increase of Life Expectancy (the Decree), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.) (Dec. 12, 2017) (in Italian).) The Decree was enacted in […]

United Arab Emirates: New Law to Support Domestic Workers

(Nov. 9, 2017) On September 26, 2017, Sheikh Khalifa, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), issued Federal Law No. 10 of 2017.  The new Law is aimed at strengthening the legal measures for the protection of domestic service workers. (President Issues Law on Support Service Workers, Cabinet of the UAE website (Sept. 26, 2017).) […]

Sweden: Court Rules Accommodating Deaf Professor Would Place Disproportional Burden on State Employer

(Nov. 3, 2017) On October 11, 2017, the Swedish Arbetsdomstol (Labor Court) held that a deaf man could be denied a position as lector at a university, even though he was the best qualified applicant, because the cost of translating his lectures from sign language would be too great. (Labor Court, Decision No. 51/17, Case […]

France: New Labor Reforms Adopted

(Oct. 25, 2017) On September 22, 2017, President Emmanuel Macron of France signed a series of five executive ordinances bringing major changes to the country’s Labor Code. (Emmanuel Macron signe les ordonnances réformant le droit du travail [Emmanuel Macron Signs the Ordinances Reforming Labor Law], LE MONDE (Sept. 22, 2017).)  These five ordinances are: Ordinance […]