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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 […]

Spain: Government Employees Authorized to Telework up to Four Days a Week

(June 25, 2020) An agreement was reached between the government employees’ unions and the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Administration (MTPPA) allowing government employees in Spain to telework four days a week and go to their offices only one day a week. The agreement entered into force on June 21, 2020, and will last until an […]

Japan: Law to Prevent “Powa-Hara” (Power Harassment) Takes Effect

(June 22, 2020) On June 1, 2020, the 2019 amendment to the Labor Policy Comprehensive Promotion Act (Act No. 132 of 1966, amended by Act No. 24 of 2019 (Reiwa)) took effect. The amendment act, nicknamed the “Powa-Hara (Power Harassment) Prevention Act,” had been promulgated on June 5, 2019. A 2016 survey on power harassment […]

Peru: Public Sector Employees to Work Remotely until End of Year

(June 1, 2020) On May 10, 2020, the government of Peru issued Legislative Decree No. 1505, authorizing public entities to implement remote work until December 31, 2020, for public sector workers confronting the COVID-19 health emergency. The exceptional temporary measures are aimed at ensuring that civil servants return to their workplaces gradually, under conditions that guarantee […]

France: Court Orders Amazon France to Limit Its Activity to Sale of Essential Items

(May 5, 2020) On April 14, 2020, the Tribunal Judiciaire (Trial Court) of Nanterre ordered the French subsidiary of Amazon to limit the activities of its warehouses to processing only orders for items that were essential in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential items were defined as food, hygiene, and medical products. The court gave […]

Sweden: National Prosecutor Investigates Workplace Environment Crime After Nurse Dies of COVID-19

(May 4, 2020) On April 29, 2020, the Swedish National Prosecutor announced that it is investigating a workplace environment crime (arbetsmiljöbrott) after a nurse working at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm died of COVID-19. The investigation comes following a report by the local safety representative (skyddsombud), who reportedly claimed that the hospital lacked the appropriate […]

Turkey: New Law Imposes Harsher Penalties for Violence Against Health Care Workers

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 15, 2020, Turkey’s Parliament passed Law No. 7243 introducing harsher penalties for certain crimes committed against health care workers and their assistants. (Law No. 7243, art. 28.) Versions of the so-called “violence in health care” law had long been proposed by medical professional organizations and others in reaction to the high […]

Israel: COVID-19 Social Distancing Requirements Tightened

(Apr. 1, 2020) A new amendment toughening existing social distancing requirements in Israel in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak went into effect on March 31, 2020. (Emergency Regulations (Novel Coronavirus – Limitations on Activity (Amendment No. 2), 5780-2020 (all citations to the regulations are to the amended regulations).) The amended regulations will be in […]

Israel: New Rules Require 14 Days of Quarantine for All Persons Entering the Country

(Mar. 10, 2020) As of March 9, 2020, at 8:00 pm Israeli time, travelers entering Israel from anywhere in the world have been required to undergo home isolation for 14 days from the date of their arrival in Israel. Travelers who arrived in Israel in the 14 days before March 9, 2020, and who have […]

International: Global Unions and Human Rights Organizations Report Increase in Transparency in Garment Industry

(Jan. 15, 2020) In December 2019, Human Rights Watch, along with a coalition composed of several prominent workers’ rights organizations, global unions, and international corporate accountability advocates, reported a “surge” in garment industry transparency. As Human Rights Watch notes, murky reporting and unreliable sourcing have historically plagued supply chains in the garment industry. In 2016, […]