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Russian Federation: Unvaccinated Employees Can Be Suspended Without Pay

(June 22, 2021) Because of the worsening COVID-19 epidemiological situation in Russia, constituent components of the Russian Federation have begun ordering mandatory mass vaccination. While Russian President Vladimir Putin recently stated that mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for the entire population cannot be initiated nationally, regional branches of the Federal Service for Consumer Protection Supervision have established […]

International: ILO Report on World Employment Trends Highlights Importance of International Labor Standards to Protect Workers’ Rights

(June 10, 2021) On June 2, 2021, the International Labour Organization (ILO) published the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021 report (WESO Trends report), which highlights the importance of international labor standards to protect workers’ rights. In particular, the WESO Trends report focuses on the disparate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on workers, […]

Turkey: Competition Authority Launches Investigation into 32 Firms for Entering into No-Poaching Agreements

(May 17, 2021) On April 20, 2021, the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA) released a press statement announcing that it had launched an investigation into 32 firms for allegedly entering into no-poaching “gentlemen’s agreements” whereby they sought to suppress interfirm transfers of employees and thus suppress pay and labor standards. Firms under investigation include many companies […]

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 […]

Switzerland: Voters in Canton of Geneva Approve Minimum Wage of 23 Swiss Francs (about US$25) per Hour

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 27, 2020, Swiss voters in the canton of Geneva approved by a vote of 50.03% to 49.97% a popular initiative that introduces a minimum wage of 23 Swiss Francs (CHF) (about US$25) per hour for all industries. Voter turnout was 54.14%. The popular initiative amends the cantonal Labor Inspection and […]

Ecuador: Humanitarian Support Law Enacted to Address COVID-19 Economic Emergency

(Sept. 21, 2020) The Organic Law on Humanitarian Support, enacted on June 22, 2020, declares COVID-19 an economic emergency in Ecuador and seeks to mitigate the health, economic, and social crises it has caused. The Law includes a provision on the termination of employment relationships due to unforeseeable circumstances or a force majeure. Other key […]

Italy: Urgent Economic Measures Adopted in Response to COVID-19 Damage

(Sept. 18, 2020) A law approving urgent measures for the support and revitalization of the national economy in response to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic entered into force in Italy on August 15, 2020. Decree-Law No. 104 of August 14, 2020 provides additional aid to employers, bonuses for workers in certain sectors, special […]