New Zealand lockdown August 2021: what do you need to know?

The New Zealand Government has announced that New Zealand will move into an Alert Level 4 Lockdown in response to a recent instance of community transmission of the Delta variant of COVID-19. On Tuesday 17 August 2021, New Zealand’s first case of COVID-19 community transmission in six months and first community transmission of the Delta variant was confirmed. As a result, the Government announced that…

What is a 'casual' employee? The Australian High Court clears the air

In a keenly awaited judgement, the Australian High Court has ruled that a ‘casual’ employee is one who does not have a firm commitment to ongoing work, and that this will be assessed by reference to the terms of the employee’s contract. The High Court has now handed down its much-anticipated decision in the Rossato case. It has determined that the mine worker who brought the case…

UK launches national disability strategy

The UK government has published its promised national disability strategy setting out various steps it will take to remove barriers faced by disabled people in their lives. This article looks at the main work-related measures. The background In the latest Family Resources Survey  (2019/20), over 14 million people in the UK (one in five) reported a disability, which was an increase of 2.7 million since 2009 to…

Coronavirus survey: how are UK employers responding to ‘Freedom Day’?

Ius Laboris UK firm Lewis Silkin have surveyed employers on how they are responding to the lifting of lockdown restrictions: many are maintaining a cautious approach. This was a pulse survey carried out between 19 and 21 July involving 59 HR leaders and in-house counsel in a cross-section of businesses collectively employing over 400,000 employees. The survey confirms that employers are taking a cautious approach…

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…