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Employment & Benefits

13 February 2019
Jörgen Larsson Labour Court clarifies freedoms of religion and conscience in healthcare sector

Sweden - Wistrand

Sweden is one of the most secular countries in the world with full freedom of religion. Further, freedom of conscience is a right protected by the European Convention on Human Rights. However, domestic law recognises no right to conscientious objection. A recent Labour Court decision has clarified from an employment law perspective whether freedom of conscience gives healthcare professionals a right to conscientious objection.

Author: Jörgen Larsson
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Hasret Mutlu How can diversity management benefit Swiss companies?

Switzerland - Rihm Rechtsanwälte

Swiss companies have long relied on workforces that are largely homogeneous as this is believed to maximise employee performance and efficiency. However, after 2000 the industry perspective shifted as large companies came to regard diversity management as an instrument for improving equality and reputation. Today, diversity plays a crucial role in creating sustainable organisational structures and can even benefit companies economically.

Author: Hasret Mutlu
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Beril Yayla Sapan Changes to minimum wage, severance payments and administrative fines

Turkey - Gün + Partners

Minimum wage, severance payments and administrative fines prescribed by the Labour Act are revised at the beginning of each calendar year. The minimum wage rate was recently increased to TL2,558.40 (gross) and the maximum severance payment was increased to TL6,017.60 (gross). In addition, the rate of administrative fines was increased by 23.73% compared with 2018.

Authors: Beril Yayla Sapan, Asena Aytuğ Keser
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Michael Burd Good Work Plan – any good?

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The government recently published details of its Good Work Plan, which sets out its considered position on the Taylor review of modern working practices. While the plan provides useful information on what is likely to happen, it is too early for employers to do much to prepare. The draft regulations that have been published so far are relatively straightforward and most changes will not come into effect until April 2020 at the earliest.

Author: Michael Burd
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