The general public's enthusiasm for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is making its way into the workplace.

While AI offers many advantages, employers must remain aware of the risks that a lack of supervision can generate.  Avoiding discrimination Discrimination is one of the risks most feared by the intrusion of AI into decision-making processes, particularly in terms of recruitment and candidate selection. Failure to comply with non-discrimination rules exposes the employer to various risks, ranging from the invalidity of the decision in…

New tax regime in Italy for ‘inpatriate’ workers

Many countries have special tax regimes designed to attract qualified staff from abroad and we will be covering some of these regimes in a series of articles. The first is Italy – for which see below to discover who can benefit and the advantages the regime can bring. Next in the series will be Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and others. The Decree replaces…

Email on company account can be ‘private’

In France, actions taken by an employee in his or her personal life cannot generally be used by the employer to justify a disciplinary dismissal. Dismissal for personal speech or activity can only be justified if it constitutes a breach by the employee of an obligation arising from the employment contract. According to case law, a private conversation that is not intended to be made…

Crossborder dispute rules

The EU ‘Brussels I-bis’ regulation designates which country’s court has jurisdiction in international situations. It contains specific procedural rules for employment disputes. These are fixed procedural rules, from which employer and employee may deviate only by mutual agreement. An employer may not deliberately circumvent the procedural rules to the detriment of the employee; if it does so, the consequences can be severe. This is demonstrated by a recent ruling by the…

Brazil’s new pay equality law: the practicalities

The gender pay gap has recently been addressed in Brazil by legislation and two subsequent administrative directives. We take a look at how those initiatives might work in practice. In July 2023, Brazil passed a landmark Federal Gender Pay Gap Law which requires large employers to bi-annually report on differences in pay between men and women in management and leadership positions. The law also addresses pay and career discrimination against minorities. Then in November 2023, the…

New standards for crèches across India

On 30 January 2024, the Ministry of Women and Child Development released national minimum standards for crèches (daycare facilities). The standards (the ‘NMSPC’) provides a comprehensive framework for setting up and managing crèche facilities and seeks to ensure quality childcare services by standardising and institutionalising care practices. It is noteworthy that only a few states in India have formulated specific guidelines for crèche facilities. By…

India’s sexual harassment law, a decade on

India recently marked the tenth anniversary of its landmark law on sexual harassment of women in the workplace (the so called ‘POSH Act’). A decade after the passage of the POSH Act, implementation and enforcement of the Act is still inadequate. The Supreme Court of India recently expressed concern over what it termed a ‘sorry state of affairs’ surrounding the implementation of the Act. It…

Refusing requests to work remotely in a hybrid workplace

Increasing office attendance remains high on the agenda for many employers, but upcoming changes to the UK flexible working regime could prompt more requests to work from home. A recent Employment Tribunal judgment provides employers with some comfort that, if handled correctly, they can refuse requests to work entirely remotely, especially from employees in managerial positions where a degree of in-person time may be needed….

What we mean by ‘pay’

Notwithstanding the ‘love’ cited by Raymond Carver in his masterpiece, one of the main reasons why people work is the pay. You might even say that people love pay. Even if the younger generations do not base their employment decisions merely on pay (as shown by the ‘Great Resignation’ phenomenon), the latest human resources survey reports that increased salary is the primary motivation that drives Italians to look for a new job, even eclipsing the opportunity for professional growth or a more advanced role in line…

Changes to Ukrainian immigration rules against a backdrop of war

In light of the ongoing war in Ukraine, the country is reforming its immigration policy to combat the severe labour shortage. The war in Ukraine has been ongoing for two years and has changed the lives of Ukrainians everywhere. Due to the danger in the country, 2.7 million Ukrainians, young and old, have left the country and have not returned. Most of those who left…