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Newsletter January, 2021

Apple adjusts its executives’ bonuses to social, environmental, governance performance

January, 2021

Austria reform on employment law

January, 2021
  • In Austria, a new collective agreement will enter into force at the end of 2021 for all employees of companies in the trade sector
  • The agreement will reform the salary schedule and aims at uniformising and reducing the salary levels, and “to create a modern scheme of employment groups, obtain more legal certainty in job grading
Newsletter December, 2020

Switzerland: minimum wage in Geneva now amounts to monthly CHF4210 (USD4768) gross per employee

December, 2020
  • On 27 September 2020, the citizens of the Geneva Canton agreed to modify the Law on Inspection and Labour Relations, by the institution of a mandatory minimum hourly wage.
  • This means that the monthly minimum wage will amount to CHF4210 gross per employee (42 hours weekly).

Italy: new collective agreement signed for the sector of domestic work

December, 2020
  • The text contains important updates and simplification measures compared to the previous collective agreement, on categories, qualifications, organisation of work, and salaries.
Newsletter November, 2020

India: New Labour Codes on Industrial relations, social security and occupational safety and health

November, 2020
  • Changes to the labour codes aim at promoting harmonious industrial relations, higher productivity and employment creation, and increase the workers coverage by social security.
  • They also aspire to facilitate businesses in terms of licensing and permit requirements.
Newsletter October, 2020

European Union: amendment to the Directive on the posting of workers and transposition into Swedish national laws

October, 2020
  • The amendment to the Posting of Workers Directive had to be transposed into national law in July 2020.
  • Sweden has already complied with this obligation after undergoing a process of dialogue with the social partners.
  • The outcome regulation is not fully satisfactory as there is still a lack of clarity on a major part of the amendment concerning wages, which is likely to impact companies.
Newsletter September, 2020

India: Supreme Court decision on the payment of wage during the lockdown

September, 2020
  • A Supreme Court decision pushes employers and trade unions to negotiate on the payment of wages during the lockdown 
Newsletter August, 2020

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

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