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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.
Saftu takes aim at Cyril over minimum wage, labour law
Citizen | 24-Apr-2018
Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is accusing Ramaphosa of using Marikana-style anti-strike tactics in a ‘most frontal attack’ on workers.
Modi government is working on new labour law protecting dignity of workers; details here
Financial Express | 23-Apr-2018
The government has drafted a new labour law, with the overriding objective of ensuring workers’ dignity and well-being at the workplace. The draft code on occupational safety, health and working conditions (OSH) proposes to make the workplace free from hazards that can cause injury or occupational disease for the workers. The OSH code, the last among the proposed four aimed at amalgamating 44 extant central labour Acts, also makes it mandatory for establishments having at least 10 employees furnish to every worker an appointment letter.
Busa supports labour law amendments, but concerned about risks
Creamer Media's Engineering News | 19-Apr-2018
Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has voiced its support for amendments to legislation to introduce provisions to enhance labour relations stability and the implementation of a National Minimum Wage (NMW).
Mass strike expected over proposed amendments to labour laws
Eyewitness News | 16-Apr-2018
CAPE TOWN - Thousands of workers across the country plan to take to the streets later this month, in a protest against proposed amendments to the country’s labour laws.
Your letters: Labour laws must do more to protect workers
Toronto Star | 12-Apr-2018
With respect what the court didn’t hear in the death of Amina Diaby at Fiera Foods, we found it strange that the Ministry of Labour’s evidence did not contain similar findings as that of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board? Why wasn’t the Ministry of Labour as aggressive in its investigation?
BP franchisee owes $250,000 for breaching employment law
Scoop.co.nz (press release) | 11-Apr-2018
BP franchisee owes $250,000 for breaching employment law Pegasus Energy Limited, which operated as a BP station in Hastings has been ordered to pay upwards of $132,000 in arrears to two ex-staff and $120,000 in penalties following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.
Labour law needs upgrade to ensure inclusive growth
The Daily Star | 10-Apr-2018
The existing labour law needs to be amended to protect workers' rights and meet international standards, analysts said yesterday. To achieve inclusive growth, initiatives should be taken to reduce rising property discrimination and income inequality along with ensuring decent work, they said.
Unions to march against labour law changes
Times LIVE | 10-Apr-2018
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and its affiliated unions in the Western Cape plan to march in Cape Town on Thursday.
An employee’s job is a major asset
Independent Online | 09-Apr-2018
Legal practitioners, generally, are not allowed to appear before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
Eradicating the menace: ‘Those involved in bonded labour to face the music’
The Express Tribune | 09-Apr-2018
MULTAN: Deputy Commissioner Nadir Chatha stated that strict punishments will be awarded to those involved in bonded labour, especially at kilns. He added that all practical measures should be taken to eradicate this practice.
UAE labour law ensures rights of all, says senior official
ArabianBusiness.com | 06-Apr-2018
The UAE’s labour laws serve to protect both workers and employers, according to Hassan Al Hamadi, the director of prosecutions at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.