Skills gap: a big obstacle for young people entering the labour market

A persistent high youth unemployment rate around the world is threatening economic growth and putting at risk the well-being of young people aged 15 – 24. The global youth unemployment rate is expected to reach 14.4% in 2023, around 3.4 times the rate for older adults. Amongst the factors triggering youth unemployment, the skills mismatch is a crucial element. We believe it is in the…

Employers ‘of record’ – Are they allowed? What are the risks?

If you need to employ someone in a country in which your business has no base, there could be all sorts of legal and administrative complications. For example, tax and social security issues for the employee and a risk that your business will be considered tax resident in the new country – exposing you to an obligation to pay corporation tax. To circumvent these risks,…

Frontier workers and telework in the EU: new challenges ahead

How does telework affect what employers in the EU need to take into account when they employ frontier workers?  The COVID-19 crisis provided the world of work with a lot of new challenges. As the post-COVID era is hopefully near, employers will need to anticipate new challenges ahead. One challenge that employers will probably be confronted with is the impact of more telework on the…

Umsetzung der „Work-Life-Balance-Richtlinie“ – was kommt auf Unternehmen zu?

Bis zum 2. August 2022 muss der Gesetzgeber die sog. „Work-Life-Balance-Richtlinie“ umsetzen. Mit Spannung wurde erwartet, ob auch in Deutschland der „Vaterschaftsurlaub“ möglich wird. Schnell wird aber klar: Der „große Wurf“ bleibt vorerst aus. Welche Änderungen dennoch bereits ab dem 2. August auf Unternehmen zukommen, soll der folgende Beitrag zeigen. Im Jahr 2021 haben rund 1,9 Millionen Frauen und Männer Elterngeld erhalten. Der Männeranteil beim…

Minimum wage in the EU: a new milestone reached

The European Parliament and Council negotiators have agreed on rules to set adequate minimum wages in EU member countries. The new rules will apply to all EU workers who have an employment contract or who are in an employment relationship. The European Union has reached an agreement on the minimum wage. This was officially announced on 7 June 2022 via the the Social Affairs Committee…

AI that detects your emotions: issues for employment?

The development of Empathetic AI, which purports to be able to detect human emotions, raises significant questions for employment, particularly around data privacy and potential bias. Smile! You’re on camera! And we are detecting your heart rate, pupil dilation, blood pressure, temperature, and other physiognomic measurements… Empathic Artificial Intelligence is a sub-group of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems which makes use of empathic technology: algorithms that…

What are the new green reporting duties in France?

The French Climate Law introduced new environmental reporting obligations for companies. Now, a recent decree has set out details of these obligations. In France, in companies with at least 50 employees, the employer must provide the staff representatives (the ‘Social and Economic Committee’) with an economic and social database, which gathers all the information necessary for the numerous consultations and recurrent information requirements with regard…

Using ‘mystery calls’ to detect discrimination in recruitment in Belgium

A recent change in the law in Belgium lowers the threshold for labour inspectors to use ‘mystery calls’ to test for discrimination in recruitment. Our annual survey of HR trends showed that one in five companies have been faced with an informal or formal discrimination complaint, mainly on the grounds of apparent race or ethnic origin. Discrimination in recruitment still seems to be difficult to…

New protection against hair discrimination in Illinois

Illinois is set to join 13 other US states in introducing protection against discrimination based on hair styles and texture, particularly those associated with Black natural hair. On 9 April 2022, the Illinois Senate passed House Amendment 1 to SB 3616, joining the Illinois House, in unanimously passing legislation referred to as the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act. It…

ESG policies in Australia

How do organisations in Australia address environmental, social and governance issues in their policies? Most public organisations in Australia will have in place a code of conduct, a diversity policy, anti-bribery and corruption policy and a whistleblower policy, in accordance with the recommendations set out in the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (4th Edition) (ASX Principles & Recommendations). ESG developments have…