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Newsletter January, 2021

Business Botswana in the front line for the implementation of a recovery plan

January, 2021
  • Business Botswana provides concrete suggestions for “building back better” through a Guide on Recovery Plan for the Private Sector

Results of the Israelian grant to all its citizens in August 2020

January, 2021
  • The grant secured by the Israelian Government to all its resident citizens was able to stimulate the domestic economy
  • Despite its lack of precise target, some redistribution was ensured by the recipients themselves

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
Newsletter December, 2020

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.
Newsletter November, 2020

Honduras: Employers’ organisation COHEP plays a key role towards the economic reactivation

November, 2020
  • Covid-19 in Honduras was characterized by high levels of collaboration within the employers’ community.
  • COHEP members together advocated for the reopening of businesses and successfully presented possible practical solutions, including safety protocols, gradual reopening, shifts, etc.

A private company’s vision on bridging the skills gap and favouring employability. A white paper from Adecco Group

November, 2020
  • The Adecco Group released the paper “Employability, not only employment. VET, apprenticeships and the urgent need to bridge the skills gap in a post-Covid world”
  • Vocational education training (VET) and apprenticeships are the suggested tools to close this gap.
  • Once the obstacles for their best use are defined, a coordinated approach is suggested.

How is remote work local country regulation impacting businesses? A position paper from Randstad

November, 2020
  • The article “a position paper on remote work local country regulation” provides a very clear and straightforward analysis of what must be taken into account when revising or drafting a legislation or regulation on remote work.
Newsletter October, 2020

Australian job agencies joined forces to promote the role of the industry

October, 2020
  • A national campaign was launched to present the positive outcome the private employment service can play to lead the economic recovery in Australia;
  • Private employment agency industry has found the right job for 360,000 Australians, including 100,000 jobs during the Covid-19 crisis.

Morocco: The General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM) offers a unique service to its members

October, 2020
  • A new “corridor” is established with the National Social Security institution to better support CGEM members on specific problems related to social security
Newsletter September, 2020

Finland: results of the minimum basic income experiment and employers’ views

September, 2020
  • Small employment improves economic security and mental wellbeing; 
  • apart from financial contributions, active labour market policies are needed. 

Mexico: the Business Coordination Council introduces tools to prevent labour disputes

September, 2020
  • The new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the USA could limit Mexican companies to export to the US or Canada because of labour disputes. 
  • The Employer’s federation CCE, provided tools for Mexican business to prevent this from happening.  

Senegal: Senegal: Employers participate in the country's economic reconstruction

September, 2020
  • The Government of Senegal adopted specific measures concerning individual dismissals during the pandemic
  • The most representative employers' organisaiton, CNP, played a key role in the management of the crisis
  • CNP is presenting key proposal for the economic recovery 
Newsletter August, 2020

Morocco: outcomes of the Economic Monitoring Committee

August, 2020
  • A Committee, composed of governmental members and representatives of the business sectors, met nine times to monitor the economic situation and present concrete solutions.

Nigeria: NECA assesses the policy responses needed to support businesses and employees

August, 2020
  • 4,021 companies replied to NECA’s survey on the direct and indirect impact of the pandemic on their operation;
  • A series of request was compiled and was presented to the Government.
Newsletter July, 2020

The new “flexible way of work” policy in Telenor

July, 2020
  • the possibility to choose where to work has a positive impact on motivation and productivity
  • the organisation of work has also improved
Newsletter July, 2020

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)’s successful role during the crisis

July, 2020
  • ACCI actions on employment and businesses recovery;
  • Certain challenges with regards to productivity and collective agreements remain.
  • ACCI changes at the organisational level
Newsletter May, 2020

Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) Assessing the Impact of the Crisis

May, 2020
  • BEF published a study on possible scenarios, impact of COVID-19 and the consequences on the Bangladeshi labour market and economy.
  • BEF also produced an “Aide-Mémoire” to serve as a checklist for employers, managers, supervisors and workers when the factories reopen post COVID-19.   
  • On the basis of the study and the consequences on the Bangladeshi labour market and economy, BEF advocated for realistic assessment in support of enterprises and business to allow them to create jobs.

Swiss Employers’ Federations Successfully Advocated for Extended Economic Benefits to the Self-Employed Workers

May, 2020
  • Self-employed workers affected by the crisis entitled to an allowance.