Germany: Draft Bill on the Recording of Working Time

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We want to keep you informed about the draft bill of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs from 18 April 2023, that outlines employer’s obligations to record the working time of their employees. This draft bill aims to implement the requirements of the rulings of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of 14 […]

EU: Changes to Gender Pay Gap Reporting

EU gender pay gap reporting

Did you know that Women in the EU earn on average 13% less than their male counterparts? The gender pay gap has largely stagnated over the last decade. There are a number of things which contribute to the gender pay gap, however, pay discrimination has been identified as one of the key obstacles. Unequal pay […]

An Overview of European Employment Law

European Employment Law - how to employ and payroll someone in Europe

European employment law works differently from other parts of the world.  This is especially true for businesses headquartered or operating in the USA. So, if you are looking to grow or establish your business in Europe there are specific things you’ll need to be aware of! So, let’s examine HR and payroll in the European […]

Singapore: Changes to Mandatory Medical Insurance for Work Permit and S Pass Holders

If you’re an employer in Singapore, listen up! Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced enhancements to the mandatory medical insurance (MI) for all Work Permit and S Pass holders starting 1 July 2023. The enhancements are aimed at better protecting employers in the event of large medical bills incurred by their foreign employees. Currently, […]

Poland Officially Establishes Remote Working Rights

The Polish government has introduced new legislation on remote working that was first introduced in 2022 but has recently been adopted as of 30 January 2023.  Like many other countries around the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic caused Poland’s workforce to shift to remote working. And according to a recent study, almost 40% of people feel […]

Ireland Pension Update: Introduction of New Auto-Enrolment Scheme from 2024

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The Irish Government have approved draft heads of new legislation to introduce a new occupational pension scheme to automatically enrol workers. Approx. 750,000 workers will be auto-enrolled with option to opt-out Starting at 1.5% of gross earnings raising to maximum of 6% over 10 years Matching employer contributions with a further State top-up For very […]

Australia – An excellent investment destination for your APAC expansion

United Kingdom, Eurozone and North American businesses considering expansion in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region are looking to Australia more and more as an ideal location to establish a base of operation. There are many reasons for the increasing popularity of Australia as a good destination for global growth. The pros of setting up ‘shop’ […]

Ontario, Canada: New Hire Minimum Training Requirements

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For those that employ staff in Ontario, Canada, the following training is mandatory for companies to run for their employees. AODA training Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training  AODA training requirements  In 2005, the Ontario Public Service passed The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), making AODA training required for all employers and workers […]

Belgium HR update to work-from-home allowance

Employees in Belgium who “structurally and regularly” work from home can receive a flat-rate cost allowance from their employer. The Belgian tax administration issued a circular (2021/C/20) applying to employees continuing to work from home post-COVID.  Please note, this allowance is not obligatory so what employers actually offer will differ from business to business. The […]

Germany: Legislative Update August 2022

Despite heavy criticism the German parliament has passed a bill on 23 June 2022 that amongst others changes the Verification Act (Nachweisgesetz) (“New Bill”) with effect of 1 August 2022. Employment Contracts on/after 1 August 2022 The New Bill requires employers for employees who start on/after 1 August 2022 to: record more essential terms and […]