GLOBAL MEDIA ARCHIVE
Labour ‘arms race’ as unions aim to sway MP reselection battles
The Guardian | 17-Jan-2018
Labour-supporting trade unions are quietly affiliating scores of branches to the party – allowing those branches a vote on party positions – in key constituencies in a bid to influence future reselection battles, the Guardian has learned.
22 expats held in Oman over Labour Law breaches
Times of Oman | 15-Jan-2018
Muscat: Police arrested 22 expats in Barka, according to a statement from the Royal Oman Police (ROP).
Some local businesses caught off guard by amendments to Alberta labour law
CTV News | 11-Jan-2018
Changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code that came into effect on New Year’s Day are having a big impact on some small businesses.
Ontario investigates businesses allegedly breaking new labour laws
CTV News | 09-Jan-2018
TORONTO -- Ontario is vowing to crack down on companies that break the labour laws as they try to offset the added costs of a higher minimum wage, but some are accusing the Liberal government of scapegoating business for electoral gain.
Labour activist's bomb scare 'joke' in Jo Cox's seat after Conservative Association booked mining museum to hold a dinner
Daily Mail | 08-Jan-2018
After the senseless murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, her friend Tracy Brabin won Cox’s Batley and Spen seat in the resulting by-election.
Have your say: Are new labour law changes a concern for employers?
Benefits Canada | 04-Jan-2018
New labour law changes, particularly enhanced leave provisions in Ontario, are likely to increase costs and administrative challenges for employers, according to one expert.
Top 10 Canadian Labour & Employment Law Developments of 2017
Lexology | 03-Jan-2018
To ring in the New Year, we highlight the ten most significant developments in Canadian labour and employment law in 2017:
Labour Act-2017 hailed for ensuring workers' wellbeing
The Kathmandu | 02-Jan-2018
The guarantee of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) of workers at workplace in the latest labour legislation is the first ever instance of workers’ health and safety of workers being secured by the country’s law. http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-01-02/labour-act-2017-hailed-for-ensuring-workers-wellbeing.html
More than 400 expats deported for violating labour law
Times of Oman | 27-Dec-2017
Muscat: Oman's Ministry of Manpower registered 1,268 expats violating the labour law and 471 of them were deported last week, officials have announced.
401 workers violate Labour Law
Muscat Daily | 26-Dec-2017
Muscat - The weekly report of the joint inspection team in the Ministry of Manpower stated that the number of workers violating the Labour Law from December 17 till 23 stood at 401.
Alberta’s small businesses chafe under new labour laws
The Globe and Mail | 26-Dec-2017
Small-business advocates in Alberta are raising concerns about new provincial employment standards that take effect on Jan. 1, rules they say will bring added costs and regulatory burdens to businesses.
Labour calls for new laws to tackle Russian and far-right web propaganda
The Guardian | 21-Dec-2017
UK laws on electoral interference are hopelessly outdated amid a threat from Russia and far-right web propaganda, Labour is to argue, calling for the national security strategy to include a specific commitment to defend democracy.
Govt's Mixed Message Danger On Labour Laws
Bahamas Tribune | 20-Dec-2017
THE Government has been warned it could undermine its own efforts to spark economic growth by sending mixed messages over further labour law reforms.
Effect of changes to Alberta’s labour laws ‘should not be underestimated,’ expert says
The Lawyer's Daily | 19-Dec-2017
A major overhaul to Alberta’s labour laws is being called a “sea change,” but legal observers say the legislation still has flaws that could lead to problems in the future.
Myanmar wields its own Official Secrets Act against Reuters reporters
Malaysiakini | 18-Dec-2017
Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, a little-used holdover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists “at any time.”
‘Labour Act should protect workers’
NewsDay | 18-Dec-2017
n his 2018 national budget statement, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said they will be holistic amendments to the Labour Act to strike a balance between creating an environment conducive for investment and protecting the fundamental rights of employees.
Why changes to South Africa’s labour laws are an assault on workers’ rights
CNBCAfrica.com | 14-Dec-2017
The biggest changes to South Africa’s labour laws since 1995, shortly after the country’s first democratic elections, are currently being considered by parliament. If passed into law, they will significantly limit the hard won rights of workers to strike. In addition, details about the country’s much-heralded national minimum wage set out in the enabling legislation show that, in practice, it may be unenforceable.
Sexual harassment case involving MLA's former firm surfaces during labour law changes
Edmonton Journal | 13-Dec-2017
Despite his former company being involved in a sexual harassment case, United Conservative Party house leader Jason Nixon maintains there’s no need for the government to legislate workplace harassment policies.
Saudi arrests 180,000 residence, labour law violators
Gulf Business News | 12-Dec-2017
Saudi authorities have arrested more than 180,000 violators of residence, labour and border security laws as part of a crackdown that began in mid November.
Law on salary deductions invalid
Business Day | 08-Dec-2017
In a landmark case, the Constitutional Court has ruled that employers of public servants may no longer unilaterally make salary deductions without due process.
Employers need to review policies in wake of Ontario’s labour law changes: experts
The Lawyer's Daily | 07-Dec-2017
Labour and employment experts are saying Ontario employers have a “steep learning curve” ahead of them in order to prepare for the onslaught of new changes brought about by the provincial government’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.
Labour is keeping all Brexit options open - including no Brexit
New Statesman | 06-Dec-2017
Labour, it sometimes feels, has had more positions than the Kama Sutra on Brexit. During today's Urgent Question to David Davis, Keir Starmer was said by Labour MPs and journalists to have unveiled another. "Will the Prime Minister now rethink her reckless red lines and put options such as the Customs Union and Single Market back on the table for negotiations?" the shadow Brexit Secretary asked.
Arbitration in labour law
International Law Office | 30-Nov-2017
The labour reform recently approved by the House of Representatives allows arbitration in individual employment agreements (new Article 507-A of the Labour Code), provided that:
Know the law: Employees entitled to salary even if firm hasn't started operation
Khaleej Times | 27-Nov-2017
I left my previous company and found a new job at a restaurant, with which I signed an employment contract on August 3 this year. My residence visa has now been stamped and I have also received my resident ID. However, the employer is yet to open the restaurant, even though he promised it would commence from August 15. It has now been four months and my salary has not been paid. Shouldn't the employer pay me the salary?
Ontario's new labour law brings many changes, including $15 minimum wage
Windsor Star | 24-Nov-2017
Ontario’s sweeping new labour law provides a host of new rules, including a $15 minimum wage by 2019, that supporters say will lift people out of poverty but that opponents fear will kill jobs.
New labour law prompts Brazil small firms to hire workers legally
Reuters | 23-Nov-2017
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - New labour laws that took effect this month in Brazil are prompting small firms to bring workers onto their books, potentially taking the edge off a recent surge in under-the-table employment and providing a boost for tax revenues.
'Asking for trouble' in job interviews
Canadian Employment Law Today | 22-Nov-2017
The interview process can be a legal minefield for employers. One false step, one inappropriate question can give rise to a human rights complaint alleging that the employer has discriminated against the prospective employee. In a recent decision, Jahromi v. Link2 Manufacturing and another, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal considered whether one employer’s interview questions crossed the line between permissible inquiry and outright discrimination.
Call for employment law reform to prevent ‘Uberisation’
Financial Times | 21-Nov-2017
The legal definitions of workers, employees and employers in Britain urgently need to be revised to prevent tech companies from minimising their tax bills and avoiding having to provide worker protections, MPs heard on Monday.
McDonnell says big business sees Labour as government in waiting
The Guardian | 17-Nov-2017
The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, argued that big business now trusts Labour more than the government on the economy and Brexit as he launched his vision for a budget next week that would involve more investment and an end to austerity.
Deliveroo riders 'self employed' rules Labour law body
Blasting News | 15-Nov-2017
#Deliveroo riders will not receive the benefits of full employment status like minimum wage and paid leave following a test case ruling by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).
LETTER: Labour law changes
Business Day | 14-Nov-2017
The proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act will have a significant effect on the country’s collective bargaining system, but it needs to be said that they have not been finalised and it will take many months of debate and input from the public before they can be translated into law ("Amendments to labour laws up for discussion", November 9).
Romania: Knowing Your Labour Laws In Romania
Mondaq News Alerts | 10-Nov-2017
Romania is an attractive destination for foreign direct investors due to reduced tax rates and a highly-skilled and affordable workforce. However frequent legislative changes and fiscal complexity features heavily on the local business landscape.
New labour law to be tabled at parliament’s winter session
Dhaka Tribune | 10-Nov-2017
The amended labour law and new EPZ labour law will be tabled at the upcoming winter session of the Parliament, State Minister for Labour Md Mujibul Haque has confirmed.
Amendments to labour laws up for discussion
Business Day | 09-Nov-2017
The introduction of a national minimum wage policy and proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act will have a significant effect on the country’s collective bargaining system, experts say.
DOSSIER DELAY Labour accused of backing Brussels in Brexit debates as David Davis says papers on Brexit impact are not ready
The Sun | 08-Nov-2017
His deputy Steve Baker said parts of the studies would have to be censored before publication because some of it included information “relevant to our negotiating position” and releasing it would undermine Theresa May in her talks with the EU.
European retailers stress amendment to labour law
The Daily Star | 07-Nov-2017
Bangladesh must give out a clear plan for amending the labour law before the meeting of ILO experts on November 22 as the European consumers are keeping an eye on the progress, said a retail analyst yesterday.
UAE Labour Law: Things to know about shifts, leaves and wages
ZAWYA | 06-Nov-2017
If you are working in the UAE, to know the labour laws of the country is crucial. It helps one clarify doubts regarding working hours, annual leave and several other job-related matters. The laws also spell out details about maternity leave, sick leave, employee records, safety standards, termination of employment and end of service gratuity payments.
Wolters Kluwer Expands Labor & Employment Law Portfolio with SmartTasks
PR Newswire (press release) | 03-Nov-2017
NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. today announced the launch of four new SmartTasks within its Labor & Employment Law portfolio. These interactive tools include "Responding to a Whistleblower Complaint"; "Responding to an EEOC Charge"; "Drafting Covenants Not to Compete"; and "Structuring an Independent Contractor Relationship."
Employment law firm moves to Fig Garden Financial Center
The Business Journal | 02-Nov-2017
Sagaser, Watkins & Wieland PC, the largest locally owned employment law firm in the Central Valley, has a new home in Fresno’s Fig Garden Financial Center.
Employment Ministry Active In Drafting Maritime Labour Law
Fiji Sun Online | 01-Nov-2017
The Ministry ofEmployment, Productivity and Industrial Relations has received a total of 29 complaints from January 2015 to August 2017 relating to seafarers’ minimum terms and conditions of employment.
817 Labour Law violators held
Muscat Daily | 31-Oct-2017
Muscat - The weekly report of the joint inspection team at the Ministry of Manpower states that 817 workers were found violating the Labour Law between October 22 and 28.k
Brexit: Labour leads Lords plot to inflict defeat on Government's plans to scrap EU rights charter from UK law
The Independent | 30-Oct-2017
Labour is leading a plot in the Lords that is expected to inflict an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May’s plans to eradicate the EU rights charter from domestic law after Brexit.
I was assaulted by a Labour colleague, but the party didn’t take it seriously Anonymous
The Guardian | 27-Oct-2017
In the past week my social media feed has been dominated by women recounting their stories of harassment, abuse and assault with the #MeToo hashtag. It came as no surprise to me that women from all across the country had been treated in such ways, but the sheer numbers of my close friends, family and colleagues who came forward to tell their horrific stories has shocked me.
Golf course superintendent finds the rough after harassing worker
Canadian Employment Law Today | 26-Oct-2017
Unrequited love is a difficult thing to face, but one Alberta golf course superintendent chose a bad path when he continued to harass a subordinate employee after she rejected his advances. As a result, his employer was justified in firing him, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has ruled.
UAE Labour Law Section 9: Everything you need to know about sick leave
gulfnews.com | 25-Oct-2017
We all have doubts about sick leave and if our employer is sticking by the rules when it comes to days that you aren't doing so well. Here's what the UAE Labour Law (Section 9) lays down.
PODCAST: Law Focus – Labour Brokers
journalism.co.za (blog) | 24-Oct-2017
Since the inception of Labour Broking, millions of South Africans in the working class are on temporary employment for many years. By operation of law, temporary employment is meant to only last for three months. Most temporary employees’ contracts are renewed every three months by Labour Brokers and as a result they are never hired permanently and this means they lose out on the benefits of permanent employment.
As police arrest hundreds in Oman, labour law violations set for 2017 drop
Times of Oman | 23-Oct-2017
Muscat: Labour law violations in Oman are on course to drastically fall this year in the wake of a series of raids and strong enforcement by Royal Oman Police and the Ministry of Manpower.
Employment-law impact of California’s new nonbinary gender unclear
North Bay Business Journal | 20-Oct-2017
On Oct. 15, a day after Gov. Jerry Brown visited Santa Rosa to tour fire-ravaged neighborhoods, he signed a law that creates a new nonbinary gender identification for birth certificates and driver’s licenses in California, with provisions effective in 2018 or 2019. The bill is called the Gender Recognition Act.
Labour law to be amended by Nov
The Daily Star | 19-Oct-2017
The government is on course to amending the labour law within the stipulated timeframe of November, although a coalition of rights groups yesterday claimed the progress was very slow.
Ontario Seeking Input on Employment and Labour Law Rules
Government of Ontario News | 19-Oct-2017
Ontario is seeking public input to help make workplaces fairer for workers in industries that currently have exemptions, special rules or exclusions.