Human mobility, remote work, harassment in the workplace, the COVID vaccines and Uber platform “workers” are some of the cross-cutting issues covered in this edition of the newsletter.
The Global Forum on Migration Development Summit, held virtually in January, focused on the theme “The future of human mobility: innovative partnerships for sustainable development”. Our article sums up the conclusions of the meeting. It also recaps the Business Advisory Group on Migration’s main recommendations to the Summit to improve the regulatory framework on migration, skills mobility, responsible recruitment, and regular migration pathways in the post Covid-19 economic recovery process.
Examples of national legislation developments or social partners agreeing to a set of rules by means of a collective agreement are featured on issues such as remote working. Special focus is given to the case of the Belgium interprofessional collective agreement and the new Russian labour law legislation.
The Comprehensive Labor Policy Promotion Act, adopted in Japan, to fight harassment in the workplace, be it sexual harassment, harassment against women or workplace bullying (known as “power harassment” in Japan) entered into force in June 2020. We examine the content of the law and review the implementation of the roll-out nearly a year later.
What are the implications of the recent UK Supreme Court decision on determining Uber platform contractors as “workers”? Our piece looks at what exactly this means under the UK legal system and the consequences for Uber and other digital platforms.
We conclude with a focus on Covid-19 vaccines and the freedom to choose whether to get vaccinated or not. We take a deep dive into what is happening in Canada and look at how employers are coping with employees who choose not to follow public health guidelines, potentially putting in harm’s way other employees or the public.