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Newsletter January, 2021

Business and labour organisations’ call to G20 governments

January, 2021
  • On 1st December 2020, Italy took over the G20 Presidency
  • This highly challenging period will require a lot of efforts from all G20 members to deliver an inclusive and resilient recovery
  • The IOE, together with 13 international business and labour organisations, have signed a joint letter to G20 governments calling to ensure that “building back better” is not just a mantra but materialises into concrete positive outcomes

The best and worst of Covid-19 responses, Adecco analysis of 20 countries

January, 2021
  • The paper provides a comparison of policy responses based on macroeconomic and pandemic indicators
  • This is a useful tool for policy action and advocacy purposes
  • 20 countries and their responses by October 2020 were examined

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

Mapping on new forms of work in the countries of the European Union and Norway

January, 2021
  • Eurofound research highlighted and measured 9 new forms of work
  • It proposed policymakers to focus on “balancing flexibility with the retention of employment standards and workers’ protection”.
Newsletter December, 2020

Finnish Labour Court dealt with a breach of labour peace obligations

December, 2020
  • The Helsinki Labour Court settled the case between a company and the union in the electricity sector, for violation of the collective agreement in force and the duty of peace.

New Zealand aims at changing the “Fair Pay Agreement” system

December, 2020
  • In 2018, the Government of New Zealand commenced internal discussions on the establishment of a “Fair Pay Agreement system”, a system combining simultaneously collective negotiations and the establishment of minimum legal employment standards.
  • The legislation is currently discussed among social partners and received important criticism for de facto imposing collective negotiations.

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).

The role of HR Services: how to mind the gap

December, 2020
  • Focus on the role of private employment services and the private sector facing the trends of the “future of work”.
  • Proposals to ensure that the social impact of these trends meets innovation.

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