New Polish government makes whistleblowing directive a priority

Implementation of the EU’s 2019 whistleblowing directive is a priority of the new Polish government. Despite its status as the fifth largest economy in the EU, Poland is the only EU member state that has not yet implemented the directive on the protection of persons reporting violations of EU law. The deadline for implementation of the directive into local law was 17 December 2021. The…

Occupational asbestos exposure: new rules from the EU

Asbestos is an extremely dangerous carcinogenic substance, which unfortunately is still present in some economic sectors. For this reason, the European Union has once again intervened with a Directive in November 2023, which integrates and amends a previous Directive issued in 2009. The new Directive aims to ensure better protection for people who, during their work, are or may be exposed to dust from asbestos or materials containing this mineral….

Employer’s ‘springboard injunction’ attempt falls flat

On 4 January 2023, Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance refused to grant a ‘springboard injunction’ against a former employee to protect the employer’s confidential information. Background A former employee of DCL Communications left DCL in 2019, and more than 18 months later joined a competitor, Reach Technology Solutions Limited. Both DCL and Reach were in the business of providing services relating to IT infrastructure….

Korean employees justified in covering security cameras

The Korean Supreme Court has held that employees were justified in covering security cameras that had been installed without proper consultation. The case This case involved union members who covered various security cameras at the work site, and were prosecuted and convicted for interference with the employer’s business. On 29 June 2023 the Korean Supreme Court upheld the guilty verdicts against the union members with…

New pay equality rules in Brazil

New regulations have been issued strengthening Brazil’s equal pay framework. On 3 July 2023 Brazil passed a new Gender Pay Gap Law, which, for the first time, will oblige companies with more than 100 employees to report salary differences between men and women in management and leadership positions. The Brazilian government has now issued a Federal Decree and an Ordinance providing important details for the…

UK passes new sexual harassment law

A new law on the prevention of sexual harassment has been passed in the UK. What do employers need to know, and what should they be doing now? The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act) Act makes a significant change to the law on an employer’s obligations to protect employees from sexual harassment. Although it has been watered down compared to the original proposals, the…

New law targets ‘intersectional’ and ‘multiple’ discrimination

Belgium has significantly expanded the scope of its anti-discrimination law. The new law also increases the sanctions that can be imposed in cases where discrimination is found. On 20 July 2023, an amendment to the law was published in the Belgian State Gazette that significantly expands anti-discrimination legislation, both in terms of its material scope and in terms of the sanctions that can be imposed…

Terminations under Israeli Law

Termination of employment in Israel can be for any good reason. But employers need to take care to follow the right procedure, and to be aware of local protections and culture. Introduction Termination of employment, unfortunately, is always relevant. While this article obviously cannot cover all aspects of this complex issue, it will hopefully provide you with some important insights and tips on how termination…

Telework from abroad: tax consequences for employers?

As employers face growing calls to allow employees to ‘work from anywhere’, they should also consider the possible tax consequences of inadvertently creating a permanent establishment in another country. But what counts as permanent establishment? Here we explain some of the rules, and provide comments from Ius Laboris experts in 10 countries. Background The pandemic led to unprecedented circumstances in the workplace, with millions of…

Youth skills on the agenda

Young people were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and many are still paying the price, whether in or out of work. It is hoped that a renewed focus on skills will help equip more to catch up and to thrive. Young people’s work prospects were hit particularly hard during the pandemic. Lockdowns, business closures and hiring freezes made finding a job difficult, and, in many…