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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 […]

Qatar: Labor Minister Pledges Abolition of Kafala System and Establishment of New Minimum Wage System for Foreign Workers

(Nov. 5, 2019) On October 17, 2019, the Qatari minister of labor announced that the cabinet had unanimously approved a resolution to abolish the kafala system, under which Qatari employers sponsor foreign nationals to work in Qatar. The resolution eliminates the “No Objection Certificate” (NOC), which the initial employer of a foreign domestic or manual […]

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 […]

Australia: Employment Watchdog Finds Uber Drivers Are Not Employees

(July 5, 2019) On June 7, 2019, Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman issued a statement setting out the findings of its investigation into whether Uber Australia Pty Ltd drivers are in an employment relationship with the company under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). The Fair Work Ombudsman is an independent statutory office, established by the […]

South Africa: National Minimum Wage Bill Enacted

(Nov. 30, 2018) On November 26, 2018, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the National Minimum Wage Bill (now the National Minimum Wage Act), which the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, the two houses of the country’s Parliament, passed on May 29 and August 21, 2018, respectively. (South Africa’s Ramaphosa […]

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 […]

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 […]

Brazil: New Law Reforms Labor Relations

(July 20, 2017) On July 13, 2017, Brazil enacted Law No. 13.467 (Lei No. 13.467, de 13 de Julho de 2017, PLANALTO), which amended the Consolidation of Labor Laws (Consolidação das Leis do Trabalho, Decreto-Lei No. 5.452, de 1 de Maio de 1943, PLANALTO) and other laws for the purpose of implementing a labor reform […]