Improving the boardroom gender balance: new rules in the Netherlands

A new legal amendment approved by the Dutch Senate will enforce more balanced ratios of men and women in the top ranks of large companies and introduce reporting requirements on whether this is achieved. The Dutch Senate has approved an amendment to the law enforcing a more balanced ratio of men and women in the top ranks of large companies. A bill introduced by caretaker…

Refusing Saturday work for religious reasons: a new Danish ruling

The Danish High Court has ruled it was not contrary to the Anti-Discrimination Act for a school to dismiss a physical education teacher who refused to attend work on a Saturday for religious reasons. According to the Danish Anti-Discrimination Act, a criterion or practice that may seem neutral can constitute indirect discrimination on grounds of religion if it would put a person of a particular…

Key upcoming changes in South Korean employment law

A number of significant employment law changes are imminent in South Korea. They include a new minimum wage, new penalties for workplace harassment and remedies for gender discrimination and sexual harassment claims, plus leave and working hour adjustments for pregnant employees. New minimum wage for 2022 On 19 July 2021 the South Korean government announced the 2022 minimum wage as KRW 9,160 (approximately USD 7.92)…

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in Canada: what are the new rules?

Canada has announced new, wide-ranging mandatory vaccine measures for air, marine and rail travellers, some federal public servants, and some federal employers. On 6 October 2021, the Canadian Federal Government announced much-anticipated, wide ranging new mandatory vaccine measures. Unless an exemption applies: Workers in the Core Public Administration must attest to being fully vaccinated by 29 October 2021 or face measures, up to and including…

Algorithms, artificial intelligence and employees’ rights in Spain and beyond

When employers implement systems involving AI and algorithms, they may have obligations to inform or consult employees. Spain In recent years, algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) systems have been introducing a constant stream of changes in the management of business services and activities with a direct impact on working conditions. These changes are taking place outside the traditional scheme of employee participation in the company…

Sustainable due diligence requirements: a new EU proposal

The European Union is moving forward with plans to implement rules on sustainable corporate governance, with supply chain due diligence obligations in relation to both environmental issues and human rights. Human rights and environmental standards are important, but need actual enforcement to be truly meaningful. Actual global enforcement is not easily achieved and governments seem to rely more and more on multinational businesses with global…

Employee representation in France now extends to environmental issues

French employee representative bodies, Social and Economic Committees, have a new role scrutinising the environmental implication of employers’ projects. The Social and Economic Committee (CSE) is the employee representation body in France, composed of elected staff members (elections take place every four years in principle), in companies with at least 11 employees. The Committee’s prerogatives are much greater in companies with at least 50 employees:…

When can menopause be the basis for a UK Employment Tribunal claim?

What types of legal claim may employees with menopause symptoms be able to pursue in the UK, and how can employers foster a supportive culture to reduce that risk? With World Menopause Day approaching on 18 October 2021 and growing media interest in the topic, it is perhaps unsurprising that Employment Tribunal (ET) claims are increasingly citing issues concerning menopause. According to data from the Menopause…

US COVID-19 Action Plan includes mandatory vaccinations or weekly testing

On 9 September 2021, President Biden announced a US COVID-19 Action Plan comprised of six main components. This article focuses on the ‘Vaccinating the Unvaccinated’ component and its impact on employers. According to President Biden, almost 80 million Americans who are eligible to be vaccinated have not received their first shot. He has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop a rule…

A guide to labour litigation in Russia

This guide provides nine practical tips to prepare employers for employment-related litigation in Russia. A peculiarity of labour disputes in Russia is that they seldom start with great financial demands from employees. They are more about the status of the organisation, its reputation and similar issues. However, practice shows that given the length and formality of litigation, financial claims, originally insignificant, can turn into fairly…