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European elections 2019: Brexit Party dominates as Tories and Labour suffer
BBC News | 27-May-2019
The Brexit Party was the clear winner in the UK's European elections, with the pro-EU Lib Dems coming second. The Conservatives and Labour suffered heavy losses, with the former heading for less than 10% of the vote.
Rent spikes, gig jobs among bills facing legislative action
CityNews Vancouver | 27-May-2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force, prevent rent spikes, and alter labour laws affecting workers in the gig economy. Friday is the deadline for the Assembly and Senate to pass or reject bills that originated in each chamber. If they survive, they will be considered by the opposing chamber before lawmakers adjourn in September.
Mexican Senate passes Labour overhaul to ensure union freedom
Rockland Register | 13-May-2019
Mexico’s Senate has approved a labour law overhaul directed at ensuring workers can vote for their union representation and contracts.
Laird Cronk: Labour law changes help restore fairness and balance
The Province | 13-May-2019
Proposed changes to B.C. labour laws will make a real difference for workers, particularly the most vulnerable — children, new Canadians, and the working poor.
Employment-related cases can be filed within a year
gulfnews.com | 07-Sep-2018
A reader from Dubai asks: I work in a company under a free zone law. My questions are:
A positive turn in the labour law
The Daily Star | 05-Sep-2018
The easing of trade union rules is a positive step that indicates the government's intention to improve working conditions of factory workers. The draft of the Bangladesh (Amendment) Act 2018, long overdue, has reduced the required participation of workers to form a trade union to 20 percent from 30 percent. Hopefully, this will allow more workers to form organisations that will truly represent their interests. In endorsing the spirit of trade unionism we would like to remind that trade unionism in Bangladesh has suffered setbacks over the years for various reasons and thus failed to deliver. In this regard the role of the trade union leaders is paramount; they must ensure that these bodies are not exploited by vested quarters to the detriment of both the workers and the industry.
Overseas investors should heed labour law compliance in Laos
Vantage Asia | 04-Sep-2018
The National Assembly of Laos amended the 2006 Labour Law in 2013, which came into effect on 29 October 2014. The 2013 Labour Law is applicable to Laotian employees as well as foreign employees working in Laos.
Malta: Recent Amendments To Maltese Labour Legislation
Financial Mail | 30-Aug-2018
Introduction of the "Annual Leave National Standard Order" These new Regulations on the one hand introduce new principles in respect of the organisation of vacation leave whilst at the same time crystallising the position in respect of other principles which had developed through case law, including that of the ECJ. Below is a summary of the principles covered by the newly introduced Standard Order:
Unions seek to block new Missouri labour group restrictions
Ottawa Citizen | 28-Aug-2018
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Unions representing teachers and other public employees sued on Monday to try to block a new Missouri law that they claim imposes “a raft of harsh restrictions” that “effectively eviscerates” their right to organize and bargain on behalf of employees.
A&E ABUSE Labour MP trolled over sick grandson by lefties who hate him because of his views on Corbyn and Brexit
The Sun | 21-Aug-2018
Even after he appealing for calm, hardcore lefties continued to send him vile messages - claiming he'd deliberately turned his grandson's illness into a political football.
New Zealander of the year Kristine Bartlett left 'ropeable' by labour law campaign
Stuff.co.nz | 17-Aug-2018
Kristine Bartlett, the care worker whose groundbreaking legal battle won a pay equity claim for 55,000 low-paid Kiwi workers, has waded into a battle between unions and business over labour law reform.
Labour prepares the ground for compromise on antisemitism code
The Guardian | 16-Aug-2018
Labour is preparing the ground to amend its antisemitism code of conduct to align with International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance guidelines, provided the party can find a way to include protections that allow for legitimate criticism of Israel’s creation.
Toni Jaramilla Named Among Top 75 Employment Law Attorneys
Markets Insider | 14-Aug-2018
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal recently named renowned civil and workers' rights attorney and #MeToo advocate Toni Jaramilla as one of the Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers for 2018. "I grew up in a working-class family. My parents were immigrants from the Philippines who were honest and hardworking individuals. Yet, they experienced discrimination and bigotry even after becoming U.S. citizens. They were so proud to see me become a lawyer who fights for equality and fair treatment in the workplace.
Italian govt flexes muscles with flagship labour law approval
The Local Italy | 08-Aug-2018
The Italian parliament approved on Tuesday a flagship employment law that the new populist government hopes will encourage employment in a stagnant economy beset with joblessness.
Prime Minister doubles down on business confidence, says 'no grounds' for uncertainty
Stuff.co.nz | 07-Aug-2018
The Prime Minister's in complete denial and is ignoring the issues surrounding low business confidence, says Simon Bridges.
What Will UK Labour Laws Look Like Post-Brexit
EconoTimes | 01-Aug-2018
Theresa May’s decision to postpone Brexit until 2020 gives EU nationals working in the UK more time to organise your future.
Labour law amendment drafts to be placed before cabinet by mid Aug
newagebd.net | 30-Jul-2018
State minister for labour Md Mujibul Haque on Sunday said that the proposed drafts of amendments to the labour law would be placed before the cabinet by mid August with an aim to turn the drafts into law by the next parliamentary session scheduled for September.
Labour & Employment 2018: Roundtable
Who's Who Legal | 27-Jul-2018
Chris Engels: Companies often restructured their businesses and engaged in collective redundancies by introducing schemes of early retirement, allowing workers to stop working from a very early age: at one point, upwards from the age of 50. The workers then claimed unemployment benefits without having to look for a job, and were paid a supplement by their ex-employer on top of the benefits they received, until they reached retirement age. As the population is ageing and retirement age is rising, the government now wants to focus on getting more and more Belgians back to work. It is trying to gradually eradicate the system of early retirement by raising early retirement age, and by imposing extremely high levels of social security contributions on top of the employer payments. The government is also trying to get the long-term ill back into the labour market.
Czech Republic: Labour Law Innovations In 2018
Mondaq News Alerts | 25-Jul-2018
The year 2018 saw many changes in labour law. In this article we will focus on the increase of the minimum and guaranteed wage, the introduction of a paternity allowance, and the newest case law on concurrence of functions.
Minister says campaign against labour law reform is 'deliberately misleading'
Stuff.co.nz | 23-Jul-2018
The minister leading labour law reform has accused leading employer groups of running a deliberately misleading scare campaign, contributing to a plunge in business confidence.
Resigning while abroad is against labour law
gulfnews.com | 20-Jul-2018
A reader from Dubai asks: My sister had been working in a Dubai-based company for five years under an unlimited contract. It is mentioned in the contract that she has to give three months’ notice before resignation. Last January, she went on a leave for one month and she could not come back for certain reasons. She sent her resignation by email two weeks after she was supposed to rejoin the company. The company did not reply. Right now, she is out of the UAE. She does not want to go back to her company. However, her visa has not yet been cancelled by the employer. Her work permit is expiring in September 2019. What does she need to do as per the UAE Labour Law? Does she need to send her passport to her previous employer to have her visa and work permit cancelled? Does she have the right to claim her end-of-service dues?
Debate continues over Labour’s code on antisemitism
The Guardian | 19-Jul-2018
Many contributors to the antisemitism debate around the Labour party seem to be creating more confusion than clarity (Labour accused of breaking law with antisemitism code, 16 July). In fact the party’s document endorses and also seeks to elaborate the widely disseminated International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s “working definition” of antisemitism. Thus, for example, the IHRA document includes the statement that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic”. The party’s document usefully contextualises this statement and others by recognising the nuances, discussing the particular sensitivities involved and urging that discussions about Israeli government policies avoid any antisemitic implications.
Lawyer Douglas Wigdor on #MeToo Litigation and His Career in Employment Law
Lawdragon (blog) | 18-Jul-2018
Douglas Wigdor of Wigdor LLP has been battling employment discrimination and sexual assault through civil legal action since starting his own firm 15 years ago, and he has stayed on the front lines with the new wave of litigation spurred by the #MeToo movement. Wigdor recently reached a $10 million settlement for plaintiffs alleging gender and race discrimination at Fox News, and he has brought discrimination suits against Wall Street and Silicon Valley firms. Wigdor also is representing female passengers in claims against Uber over alleged assaults by drivers.
LABOUR LAW: Denial of disability insurance doesn’t mean employee is not sick
TheSpec.com | 17-Jul-2018
Employers should never interpret denial of disability coverage to an absent employee by an insurer as evidence of malingering. Just because the insurance company said "no" does not mean the absence is not justified due to illness. It may only mean that insurance companies save more money saying "no", than they do saying "yes".
Labour antisemitism code could breach Equality Act
The Guardian | 16-Jul-2018
Labour has been warned that its antisemitism definition could breach the Equality Act, as the party battles to contain the fall-out with Jewish members over its new code of conduct.
Salary Payment in Tokens: German Labour Law Considerations
The National Law Review | 11-Jul-2018
Tokens are sets of data assigned to a certain user on a distributed ledger based network. A company can create tokens by initial coin offerings (ICOs), or it can purchase tokens in the market and transfer them to its employees. Tokens have different characteristics, but most academic works focus on Bitcoin. This makes it difficult to take all the different token forms into consideration and review the individual peculiarities of each. In order to understand the specific employment law issues and potential problems, it is therefore necessary to give an overview of the different types of tokens, their possible categorisation and the respective ways of creating them.
Over 2,000 expat workers arrested for violating labour laws in Oman
Times of Oman | 11-Jul-2018
Muscat: A total of 2,324 expat workers have been arrested in the governorate of North Batinah in the first half of 2018, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) has announced.
More Than 200 Companies Violated Midday Break Rule in Oman
Al-Bawaba | 04-Jul-2018
Oman's Ministry of Manpower has found 251 companies in violation of the midday break rule during the month of June.
Around 95pc construction work of labour complex Zone-V completed
The Nation | 03-Jul-2018
ISLAMABAD: Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) has almost completed around 95 percent construction work on the Labour Complex, being built along Islamabad Expressway to provide accommodation to registered industrial workers of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and hopefully would be handed over to the workers soon.
MPs reject labour law article allowing kids under 16 to work
The New Times | 27-Jun-2018
Members of the lower chamber of parliament Tuesday rejected an article in the draft law regulating labour that, if passed as is, would allow children between 13 and 16 to join the labour force.
Right Activists: Labour Ministry Campaign Overlooks Employers’ Violations, Working Conditions in Jordan
Al-Bawaba | 25-Jun-2018
Rights activists on Sunday criticised the Labour Ministry’s campaign against illegal workers for focusing on “status of workers” while ignoring employers’ adherence to the law and working conditions.
Labour Party boss resigns
Newshub | 22-Jun-2018
The Labour Party's general secretary Andrew Kirton has resigned. He will be taking a job at Air NZ. Newshub understands Mr Kirton had signalled to the party he would leave in 2018. The news comes as a report into sexual assault and harassment at a Young Labour camp nears.
Fiji updates ILO on labour relations
Fiji Times | 04-Jun-2018
FIJI’S Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate paid a courtesy visit to the ILO Director-General Policy Deborah Greenfield while attending the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and provided an update on Fiji’s labour relations.
Labour Law Will Have To Address Gaps In Uber, Ola Relationships With Drivers
Swarajya | 06-Jun-2018
The molestation of a sleepy Ola passenger enroute to the Bengaluru airport on 1 June should throw the spotlight on a new job sector, where regulation is either too restrictive, or too loose. While the offending cabbie has been arrested and the Ola management has claimed “zero tolerance” for such behaviour, adding, for good measure, that the “safety of customers is our top priority”, the reality is that neither Ola nor Uber can be sued by passengers for such incidents. Reason: cab drivers are not employees of the app-based taxi hailing services. They are supposed to be self-employed persons who have merely chosen to plug themselves on to these apps, and they pay for this privilege by giving the company a cut from their fare earnings.
OPINION: Cosatu welcomes Labour Laws Amendment Bill
Independent Online | 05-Jun-2018
JOHANNESBURG - Parliament will soon adopt legislation providing for paid parental, paternity and adoption leave. This is part of the most progressive amendments to the labour legislation since 1994.
Airlines slash profit forecast, citing fuel, labour, trade tension
New Straits Times Online | 04-Jun-2018
SYDNEY: Global airlines on Monday slashed their forecast for industry profits in 2018, citing rising fuel and labour costs, while warning higher interest rates and a host of geopolitical tensions would add to operating risks.
Lack of compliance is rife as employers continue to ignore labour laws
702 | 31-May-2018
The passing of three pieces of labour legislation, including the national minimum wage, by Parliament on Tuesday, has seen various conflicting views about the laws.
5 major new labour laws that you need to know about – including extended parental leave
BusinessTech | 30-May-2018
Our labour laws are constantly evolving as the South African government seeks to balance stronger protections for employees with the need to create a business-friendly investment climate.
Abuse of Labour law by local company
Arab Times Kuwait English Daily | 28-May-2018
I am graduate and I have been in Kuwait since 2011 and it’s my second company. I was hired locally and completed 3 months in new company. They hired me for sales as a sales manager and after joining the new company they started giving me other assignments which are not related to my speciality.
UAE will change labour law, minister tells FNC
gulfnews.com | 24-May-2018
Abu Dhabi: The UAE Labour Law will be changed to live up to the ambitions of the leadership, citizens and private sector, and to fit the post-oil era, Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, told the Federal National Council on Tuesday.
South Africa: Minister Mildred Oliphant Designates Advocate Molefe As Registrar of Labour Relations
AllAfrica.com | 23-May-2018
press release Advocate Lehlohonolo Daniel Molefe has been designated by Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant as the new Registrar of Labour Relations.
Legal update on employment law - May 2018
Lexology | 22-May-2018
The Employment Court recently ordered Smiths City Group, a national retail chain that operates over 34 stores, to pay employees for the unpaid 15-minute meetings employees were expected to attend before the stores opened each day.
Jeremy Corbyn urged to clarify Labour's position on Brexit
BBC News | 21-May-2018
The Labour leadership faces mounting pressure to clarify its position on Brexit after the local party in Lewisham selected a candidate who backs staying in the single market and the party’s international trade spokesman, Barry Gardiner, struggled to explain Labour’s position on the issue.
The Express Tribune > Pakistan Labour Laws must address women workers’ issues
The Express Tribune | 14-May-2018
ISLAMABAD: The Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies need to improve the quality of labour legislation to make it consistent, applicable and in accordance with the law of the land and best international practices, says Women Action for Better Workplaces (WAction), a project implemented by Trust for Democratic Education & Accountability (TDEA), in a statement here on Sunday
Nurses to rally for inclusion under new B.C. PTSD labour laws
Globalnews.ca | 04-May-2018
Hundreds of nurses gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Thursday to protest their exclusion from new labour laws relating to worker mental health.
Angola: Workers Demand Revision of General Labour Law
AllAfrica.com | 03-May-2018
Luanda — The revision of the General Labour Law (LGT) to tailor it to the country?s Constitution, combat corruption and end regional asymmetries is part of the demands made on Tuesday by the Angolan Trade Union.
UAE labour law: Workplace rights every woman must know
Khaleej Times | 02-May-2018
Women workforce in the UAE have certain rights which they should equip themselves with to avoid exploitation at workplace. The UAE Labour Law lays down special provisions relating to the working hours and conditions of women employees.
Trade unions, ministry clash over amendments to labour laws
The Star, Kenya | 30-Apr-2018
Trade unions have vowed to block legal amendments seeking to bar government officials who provide essential services from participating in strikes.
World Bank: Abolish Minimum Wage, Other Labour Laws
NewsClick | 25-Apr-2018
The recently released ‘working draft ’ of the World Bank’s flagship World Development Report (WDR) for this year neatly summarises what the world capitalist class is thinking - or should be thinking – about labour. Calling for a new social contract, the draft suggests that while income and social insurance can be provided by the state employers should be freed of this onus and allowed to abandon such ‘outdated’ concepts as minimum wage, long term job security, protection from hire and fire, severance pay, doing away with ‘colonial era’ labour laws, and linking of wages to productivity. These suggestions are under a section sub titled ‘Protecting Workers’, in chapter six.
The crisis in social care is connected to the gendered inadequacy of labour law
British Politics and Policy at LSE (blog) | 24-Apr-2018
Lydia Hayes writes that social care is a feminist issue. Highlighting some of the appalling conditions that care workers tolerate, she explains how employment law fails to protect women’s employment and to value feminised labour. She concludes that unless social care provision is revolutionised, women will have little choice but to serve as unpaid carers: stuck at home, excluded from public life, and denied life choices.