Canada introduces a new federal holiday: the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Canada has introduced a new federal holiday: the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which will be observed on 30 September. On 3 June, 2021, Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) (the ‘Act’), received royal assent. The provisions come into force on 3 August 2021. The…

New health and safety protocol for employees in France: what has changed?

The French Labour Ministry has published a new set of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for employees. On 30 June, the Ministry of Labour put online a new version of the National Protocol for employee health and safety in the workplace in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic (download below). This version aims ‘to prepare the fourth step of the reopening strategy related to the…

Internationale Freelancer:innen gesucht – Voraussetzungen zur Erlangung eines Aufenthaltstitels

Für deutsche Unternehmer:innen ist es oftmals attraktiv, auf spezialisierte Freelancer:innen aus dem Ausland zurückzugreifen. Es ist längst klar, dass dies nicht nur ein vorübergehender Trend ist, denn auf dem deutschen Arbeitsmarkt zeichnet sich deutlich ab, dass die Zahl ausländischer Freelancer:innen stetig steigt. Flexibel einsetzbare Projektleiter:innen aus Drittstaaten sind insbesondere im IT-Bereich begehrte Mitarbeiter:innen. Möchten deutsche Unternehmer:innen ausländische Freelancer:innen für sich tätig werden lassen, müssen sie…

The new gender pay gap proposals in Brazil: what they may mean for employers

Under new gender pay gap proposals in Brazil, employers would face heavier penalties for failing to pay men and women equally. This article explains. On 30 March, the Brazilian Senate approved a legislative bill applying a new sanction to cases where organisations have a gender pay gap without a non-discriminatory reason. If approved by the President, the bill would increase the penalties but will not…

Dismissing an employee for wearing a headscarf on ‘brand image’ grounds may be discrimination: a new ruling from France

An employee who was dismissed for refusing to remove her headscarf which her employer claimed was problematic for its brand image was a victim of discrimination, according to a recent ruling from the French Court of Cassation. Background On her return from parental leave, a saleswoman employed by a clothing retailer came to work wearing a headscarf that concealed her hair, ears and neck. The employer…

COVID-19 vaccination: what data can employers in Hungary process on employees’ status?

The Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information has published its position on the processing of data relating to employees’ COVID-19 vaccination status. This article gives details. On 1 April 2021, the Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (the ‘Authority’) communicated its position on vaccination data. This position applies solely to employees and only applies during the epidemic…

Paid leave for vaccination: New York’s new Vaccine Leave Law

From 12 March, employees in New York State are entitled to four hours’ paid leave to enable them to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Executive summary On 12 March 2021, New York State enacted an amendment to the New York Labor Law and the New York Civil Service Law, which provides for four hours of paid leave time, per injection, to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination. The…

Global Climate Strike: how should employers respond?

The climate strikes, also known as the Global Week for Future, are a series of international strikes and protests to demand action be taken to address climate change. The ‘global climate strike’ is not a union strike, but an event organised by or on behalf of the Fridays for Future international climate movement. We wanted to know what employers can do if employees decide to…

Stricter lockdown rules and extended economic protection arrangements in Hungary

The Hungarian Government has decided to implement stricter lockdown rules, which apply from 8 March 2021. The most important changes, contained in Government Decree No. 104/2021. (III. 5.) (the ‘ Decree’)  are summarised below.  Rules on mask wearing In public and in public places, everyone must wear a mask, except for minors under the age of six.  Further everyone shall keep a social distance of 1.5 metres from others, and shall limit contact to the smallest possible number of people,…