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Employment & Immigration

12 May 2021
Jouni Kautto Can work survive without collective agreements?

Finland - Waselius & Wist

Collective agreements have become a natural part of the Finnish working life and almost 90% of all Finnish employees are covered by such an agreement. However, the tide is shifting, with major employer federations withdrawing from negotiation tables. This raises the question of how employment relationships are organised in sectors that are not directly affected by existing collective agreements.

Author: Jouni Kautto
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Síobhra Rush Topical issues in Irish employment law

Ireland - Lewis Silkin

This article focuses on three areas of employment law in Ireland that have seen recent significant developments: employment status and the gig economy (in particular, whether the UK Uber decision will have an impact in Ireland), collective bargaining arrangements and gender pay gap reporting.

Author: Síobhra Rush
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Ole Kristian Olsby LO and NHO agree temporary changes to temporary lay-off rules

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise recently agreed to temporarily extend the interruption period for temporary lay-offs from six weeks to 10 weeks. This change will last until 30 September 2021 and makes it easier and less risky for employers to bring temporarily laid-off employees back to work.

Authors: Ole Kristian Olsby, Nina Elisabeth Thjømøe
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Beril Yayla Sapan Termination ban and unilateral unpaid leave extended once again

Turkey - Gün + Partners

In April 2020 the termination ban and unilateral unpaid leave came into force, prohibiting employers from terminating any employment contract – regardless of whether it fell within the scope of the Labour Act – for three months as of the effective date of the law. The termination ban and unilateral unpaid leave have since been extended several times, most recently until 30 June 2021.

Authors: Beril Yayla Sapan, Asena Aytuğ Keser, Kardelen Özden
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Lucy Lewis COVID-19 vaccination – updated FAQs for employers

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Employers are facing many difficult and untested employment law issues as the United Kingdom rolls out its COVID-19 vaccination programme. These FAQs cover whether employers can make vaccination compulsory for employees, alternatives to a mandatory requirement, time off for vaccine appointments, handling vaccine objectors, data privacy concerns and other issues.

Authors: Lucy Lewis, Colin Leckey, Helen Coombes
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Andrew Osborne Home Office seeks details of current costs of immigration sponsorship

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The Home Office recently sent a voluntary survey to sponsors of workers to gather information about the time and cost associated with holding their sponsor licence. This will be used to assist the Home Office to design an improved sponsorship system for workers and to evaluate it once implemented. The proposed changes to the system are substantial and are aimed at streamlining and simplifying processes for sponsors, as well as delivering a faster process for bringing migrants to the United Kingdom.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar, Joanna Hunt, Stephen O'Flaherty
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Authors: Aleksandra Yevstafyeva, Olga Podobiedova
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Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

Authors: Ole Kristian Olsby, Nina Elisabeth Thjømøe
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United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Author: Tom Heys
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Canada - KPMG Law

Authors: Lisa Cabel, Richelle Pollard, Kaley Dodds, Derek Klatt
Helen Ruelle Proposed annual leave increase and daily rest breaks for employees

Jersey - Ogier

Authors: Helen Ruelle, Will Austin-Vautier, Laura Shirreffs, Kate Morel
Marius Höfler Compensation for working parents due to school and preschool closures during COVID-19 pandemic

Germany - Mayer Brown

Author: Marius Höfler
Linda Hynes Changes to family leave entitlements introduced

Ireland - Lewis Silkin

Author: Linda Hynes
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Belgium - ALTIUS

Authors: Esther Soetens, Mathilde de Foestraets