Are ESG performance indicators becoming a must-have in bonus plans ?

The results of a Ius Laboris survey show that environmental, social and governance KPIs are becoming an increasingly common part of incentive schemes across the world. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are a key way to measure organisations’ commitment to sustainability. There is a long road ahead to build an ESG-compliant corporate world, but creating a working environment that is as close as possible…

Supreme Court overturning constitutional right to abortion will impact employee benefit plans

The US Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade will have a significant impact on abortion procedures offered under employee benefits plans. On Friday 24 June 2022, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the US Supreme Court reversed its holding in Roe v. Wade, which found a constitutional right to obtain an abortion. InDobbs the Court held the US Constitution does not confer a…

LGBTQ employment protection in Turkey: what is the law?

What protection do LGBTQ individuals have against workplace discrimination in Turkey? Currently, the issue of LGBTQ rights is a topic that is finding its place on the agenda in Turkey. It is an area to which employers should pay attention, while ensuring they fulfil their legal obligations. Some of the key issues under Turkish law are explained below. Under the Turkish Constitution and Turkish Labour…

Tracking service vehicles in Luxembourg: data privacy pointers for employers

The Luxembourg data protection authority, the CNPD, recently fined an employer for failing to comply with the GDPR in its use of geolocation devices when tracking service vehicles. The decision highlights some key learning points for employers. On 8 April 2021, the Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) imposed a fine of EUR 2,800 on an employer whose use of geolocation devices violated the…

UK Court of Appeal rejects challenge to Deliveroo riders’ self-employed status

The UK Court of Appeal has unanimously and emphatically rejected an appeal, based on novel human rights arguments, that Deliveroo riders were ‘workers’ for the purposes of the UK’s trade union recognition legislation. In November 2017, the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) rejected an application from the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) for collective bargaining rights in respect of Deliveroo riders. The CAC ruled…

Gender critical beliefs are considered as philosophical beliefs in the UK

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that ‘gender critical’ beliefs are protected philosophical beliefs for equality law purposes, while confirming that a belief in ‘gender identity’ is also a protected characteristic. This means that it is unlawful to discriminate against someone because they do or do not hold either of those beliefs. Background to the case Maya Forstater was a consultant for CGD Europe, a not-for-profit…

Ireland moves one step closer to introducing statutory sick pay

The Irish government has announced more details of its mandatory sick pay scheme. The new law will give employees in Ireland a right to sick pay for the first time from 2022. Currently Ireland is one of three EU member states to have no sick pay at all. In its latest announcement, the Irish government confirmed that it has approved the drafting of the General Scheme of…

US employers get the green light to offer incentives for COVID-19 vaccinations: what are the rules?

New guidance from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission gives the go-ahead to employers to offer incentives to employees to get vaccinated and provide educational material to encourage vaccination, under certain conditions. The new guidance On 28 May 2021, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance relating to employers’ obligations and limitations in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace. Most notably, the…

Fair Pay Agreements are coming to New Zealand in 2022: what will change for employers?

The New Zealand Government has announced it is proceeding with a new Fair Pay Agreement system with implementation in 2022. Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) aim to create industry-wide pay deals setting minimum standards for all employees and employers within that industry. FPAs would be bargained between unions and employer groups.  What does the new FPA system look like? Under the new legislation, FPA negotiations could be…

EU immigration to the UK after Brexit: what you need to know about EU Settlement Scheme deadlines

The main post-Brexit EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) deadline is looming on 30 June 2021, however there are other deadlines and considerations that applicants and their employers in the UK may not be aware of. In this article we highlight a selection of issues that relate to the main deadline, or that will start to have practical implications after 30 June 2021. Main EU Settlement Scheme…