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Newsletter April, 2021

Viet Nam new Labour Code entered into force in January 2021

April, 2021
  • The new legislative framework is in line with the ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as established in several trade agreements signed by Viet Nam;
  • New laws and policies put greater emphasis on social dialogue at the workplace and collective bargaining.

Company level social dialogue in times of restructuring: news from Belgium

April, 2021
  • Social partners recently confirmed the joint recommendations signed in December 2019 on collective dismissals and agreed to assess their content again within three years
  • The Government communicated its desire to evaluate an improvement of the entire system, thus overriding the social dialogue outcome.

Italian tripartite agreement on a company vaccination plan

April, 2021
  • On 6 April 2021 Italian social partners and the government signed an agreement on a company vaccination plan.
  • It is the first tripartite agreement of this type.
Newsletter March, 2021

Australian new Bill introduces a definition of casual worker

March, 2021
  • The Australian Parliament adopted a Bill that defines a casual worker as someone offered work without commitment of continuing and indefinite work.
  • The Bill sheds light on the possibility to convert the casual work contract into a long-term full or part-time employment relationship.
  • The Law also clarifies employers’ economic responsibility in case a casual worker is later on recognised as an employee.

Russia adopts a new legislation on remote work

March, 2021
  • State Duma of Russian Federation adopted amendments to the Labour Code in December 2020
  • The new legislation contains rules on employers’ and employees’ obligations in case of telework, as well as new regulation on the use of the electronic signature

Belgian social partners sign an interprofessional collective agreement on telework

March, 2021
  • In January 2021 Belgian social partners signed a framework agreement on methods of work, working conditions and occupational health and safety for employees working from remote
  • The agreement leaves room to further agreements at the company level or specific individual agreement

Norwegian and Vietnamese employers join forces to promote social dialogue and labour law reforms

March, 2021
  • In Vietnam, labour laws, policies and practices are going through significant changes. A new labour code entered into force in January 2021
  • New policies put greater emphasis on social dialogue at the workplace, collective bargaining and diversified types of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs)

OECD Database on collective bargaining systems was published

March, 2021
  • The database on up-to-2020 collective bargaining processes for wage-setting and minimum wages on 56 OECD/non- OECD countries was released
  • The database provides comparable data on trade union and employers’ organisations density as well as on the role played by these actors in each collective bargaining system

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