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Newsletter March, 2021

Philippines: legislative changes on Covid-19-related sick leave, social security contributions and unemployment insurance

March, 2021

The Filipino House of Representatives approved a series of Bills related to the pandemic and having important repercussions on employers

Norwegian and Vietnamese employers join forces to promote social dialogue and labour law reforms

March, 2021
  • In Vietnam, labour laws, policies and practices are going through significant changes. A new labour code entered into force in January 2021
  • New policies put greater emphasis on social dialogue at the workplace, collective bargaining and diversified types of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs)
Newsletter February, 2021

Philippines: health insurance contribution is temporarily suspended upon request of employers and workers

February, 2021
  • Following allegation of corruption in a public health insurance company, a bipartite institution requested the Government to halt the annual increase on the health contribution;
  • It also requested the Government for the suspension in the rise of social security contributions. 
Newsletter December, 2020

French social partners sign a new interprofessional agreement on telework

December, 2020
  • On 26 November 2020, French social partners concluded a national interprofessional agreement on telework, that provides a framework clarifying the rules and modalities of remote working.
  • The text encourages social dialogue at the company and sectoral levels.

Italy: new collective agreement signed for the sector of domestic work

December, 2020
  • The text contains important updates and simplification measures compared to the previous collective agreement, on categories, qualifications, organisation of work, and salaries.
Newsletter November, 2020

Belgium: massive use of electronic voting during the social elections

November, 2020
  • Work councils and committees for prevention of psychosocial risks and protection of work are in the process of being elected in Belgium.
  • The elections concern more than 6,000 companies.

International Labour Office report on the use of peak-level social dialogue, globally and regionally, in the early stage of Covid-19 pandemic

November, 2020
  • The initial phase of the pandemic saw a widespread use of social dialogue processes.
  • In the great majority of countries, social dialogue processes achieved “specific and visible process outcomes”.
  • Most outcomes related to support enterprises, jobs and incomes, and occupational safety and health at the workplace.

International Labour Office factsheet on "the role of social dialogue and the social partners in addressing the consequences of Covid-19 in the informal economy"

November, 2020
  • This short paper provides interesting examples on how social partners have been able to include the informal sector during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

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