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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

Brexit and its repercussions on employment law

January, 2021
  • The European Union and the UK were able to conclude a trade and cooperation agreement to regulate their future relationship
  • This agreement will have important repercussions on employment law. It has also consequences on the social security regimes and bilateral agreements

Mapping on new forms of work in the countries of the European Union and Norway

January, 2021
  • Eurofound research highlighted and measured 9 new forms of work
  • It proposed policymakers to focus on “balancing flexibility with the retention of employment standards and workers’ protection”.
Newsletter November, 2020

Indonesia: Revision of 81 laws results in an Omnibus Bill on Job Creation

November, 2020
  • On 5 October 2020, the Indonesian Parliament adopted the “Omnibus Bill on Job Creation” to favour investments and positively impact employment in the country.
  • The labour law component of the Bill introduces important changes for employers on minimum wages, outsourcing and temporary contracts, severance payment, unemployment and other matters.

A private company’s vision on bridging the skills gap and favouring employability. A white paper from Adecco Group

November, 2020
  • The Adecco Group released the paper “Employability, not only employment. VET, apprenticeships and the urgent need to bridge the skills gap in a post-Covid world”
  • Vocational education training (VET) and apprenticeships are the suggested tools to close this gap.
  • Once the obstacles for their best use are defined, a coordinated approach is suggested.

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.
Newsletter October, 2020

Tripartite dialogue in Zambia: pandemic related exemptions to the Employment Code Act will become permanent and revise the Act

October, 2020
  • Social dialogue paved the road to a change into the Employment Code Act
  • Social partners agreement was key to achieve a consensual decision with the Government

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