occupational health and safety
Newsletter October, 2020 Newsletter September, 2020
- G20 Ministries of Labour and Employment provided unconditional support to prioritising decent jobs for all and a robust and adaptive social protection system.
- The B20 released its recommendations on the Future of Work and Education.
Newsletter August, 2020
- In August 2020, Indonesian social partners from the garment and footwear industries signed a joint commitment “to protect health, business sustainability and welfare of workers in these sectors”.
- The joint statement focused on topics such as freedom of association and collective bargaining, social dialogue, occupational health and safety, social responsible practices and the stability of payments.
- Employers of temporary foreign workers in Canada are required to comply with the Quarantine Act and respect the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon entry in Canada
- The quarantine period must be paid to employees. However, the government announced a financial support to employers up to CAD $1,500 per temporary foreign worker to cover employee pay during the mandatory quarantine period and other associated costs
- The government enhanced labour inspection for employers in agriculture
- The Federal Supreme Court did not bring clarity on this issue and in any case its decision was preliminary
- The previous legislation on the recognition of occupational diseases remain
Newsletter July, 2020
- On 24 April 2020, the Labour Court of Wesel, a city of the North Rhine-Westphalia, issued a decision on the use of specific devices to permanently monitor the behaviour of employees to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
- If this regulation is adopted, employers’ liability would be limited to acts of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
- The law would have retroactive effect from 2019 and be in force until 2024.
- Health checks with data collection are prohibited
- Health checks with no additional collection of data are allowed, but the employee can refuse them