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Newsletter October, 2020

G20 Ministerial Declaration on Labour and Employment and B20 Taskforce recommendations

October, 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 September, 2020

Indonesia: social partners from the garment sector sign a joint commitment

September, 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”. 
Newsletter August, 2020

Inditex and IndustriALL joint statement to support the economic and social recovery of the global garment industry through Covid-19 crisis

August, 2020
  • 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.

Canada: Enhanced labour inspection and financial support for employers in the agricultural sector

August, 2020
  • 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

Brazilian Supreme Federal Court issued a preliminary decision questioning the nature of Covid-19 as an occupational disease

August, 2020
  • 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

Germany: Labour Court decision on video surveillance for distance monitoring during Covid-19

August, 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.
Newsletter July, 2020

US legislations on employers’ liability protection clauses in case of Covid-19 could become a federal issue

July, 2020
  • 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.

France: temperature checks before entering the workplace are not permitted

July, 2020
  • Health checks with data collection are prohibited
  • Health checks with no additional collection of data are allowed, but the employee can refuse them

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