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