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Newsletter January, 2021

Minimum wage will increase in various US States in 2021

January, 2021
  • The US Federal minimum wage of USD $7.25 per hour (less for tipped employees) was last updated in 2009
  • 20 US states will progressively increase their minimum wage rates as of January 2021, in certain states up to USD $15-an-hour

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
Newsletter November, 2020

European Company Survey: What is the coverage of collective agreements?

November, 2020
  • The survey analysed and compared different types of collective bargaining process.
  • “Two-thirds of workers are estimated to have their wages set via a collective wage agreement”.
  • Bargaining coverage is higher in countries with sectoral collective agreement extended to non-signatory companies and workers.

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.
Newsletter October, 2020

Federation of West African Employers’ Organisations (FOPAO) provides the business perspective to the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO) on Covid-19 recovery

October, 2020
  • FOPAO focused on support companies, diversification, employment support, health and safety of workers beyond Covid-19.

Social partners of the countries of the European Union: a new study to assess capacity gaps and needs for effective social dialogue

October, 2020
  • The study showed how the weakness of social partners and lack of representativeness can hinder effective social dialogue;
  • Legislative reforms and a supportive role of the state are key to improve social dialogue processes.
  • Employers stressed on the need to ensure autonomy of the social partners and sufficient room for manoeuvre.

Violation of EU General Data Protection Regulation can result in heavy fines for companies

October, 2020
  • GDPR covers all data protection, including employment data and customer data.
  • Companies should carefully control the respect for the Regulation to avoid heavy penalties.
Newsletter August, 2020

New Law on licensing for private employment agencies in South Australia

August, 2020
  • In July 2020, the amended Labour Hire Licensing Act entered into force in South Australia.
  • The amendments narrow the licensing needs for staffing (labour hire) companies to specific sectors and businesses.

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