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Newsletter January, 2021

Austria reform on employment law

January, 2021
  • In Austria, a new collective agreement will enter into force at the end of 2021 for all employees of companies in the trade sector
  • The agreement will reform the salary schedule and aims at uniformising and reducing the salary levels, and “to create a modern scheme of employment groups, obtain more legal certainty in job grading

Peruvian new agrarian law is adopted in the midst of social partners' objections

January, 2021
  • The 2000 agrarian law was derogated by the Peruvian parliament without consulting or taking into account the views of the social partners
  • The reform generated violent protests throughout the country
  • The new law imposes a higher minimum living wage and requires the employers to pay a special bonus, equal to 30% the minimum living wage
  • Bipartite discussions continue, prior to the adoption of the specific regulations to be annexed to the law.

Danish Competition and Consumer Authority pronounces on the establishment of fees by collective agreement in a platform company

January, 2021
  • Two years after a platform company signed a collective agreement with a trade union, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority considered it does not align with the EU competition law
  • The authority required the company to partially modify their business model to fully comply with the EU law
Newsletter December, 2020

Finnish Labour Court dealt with a breach of labour peace obligations

December, 2020
  • The Helsinki Labour Court settled the case between a company and the union in the electricity sector, for violation of the collective agreement in force and the duty of peace.

New Zealand aims at changing the “Fair Pay Agreement” system

December, 2020
  • In 2018, the Government of New Zealand commenced internal discussions on the establishment of a “Fair Pay Agreement system”, a system combining simultaneously collective negotiations and the establishment of minimum legal employment standards.
  • The legislation is currently discussed among social partners and received important criticism for de facto imposing collective negotiations.

Colombia: the aviation company Avianca resumed social dialogue with the pilot and cabin crew trade unions

December, 2020
  • After 11 years of difficult relationships, the company signed a collective agreement with the pilot trade union Acdac.
  • A few days later the company reached another agreement with the cabin crew trade union, Acav.

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.

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