Employment & Benefits updates


Contributed by Lander & Rogers
Fiery fight over Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board's latest agreement
  • Australia
  • 15 January 2020

In 2019 the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and the United Firefighters Union of Australia Operational Staff Agreement 2016 was approved. The approval of the agreement raised a number of issues, including whether Section 195 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), which prohibits the approval of enterprise agreements containing discriminatory terms, includes a prohibition on indirect as well as direct discrimination.


Contributed by Fasken
School no excuse for excessive absenteeism: arbitrator rules in upholding termination
  • Canada
  • 15 January 2020

In a recent arbitration decision, an arbitrator upheld the termination of a grievor for excessive absenteeism under the employer's absenteeism policy. In doing so, the arbitrator rejected the union's submission that the grievor's absenteeism should be excused since she was studying for a professional degree to better herself.


Contributed by Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co
Weekly rest requirements for employees in Israel
  • Israel
  • 15 January 2020

Pursuant to Israeli employment law, an employer cannot employ workers on their weekly rest days unless it obtains a special permit from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. On commencement of their employment, employees can notify their employer that they will not work on weekly rest days in accordance with their religious beliefs. Employing workers on their rest day without a permit is a criminal offence, which in certain cases may result in fines for the employer's officers and managers.


Contributed by Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Summary of 2019 labour law amendments
  • Poland
  • 15 January 2020

The year 2019 saw an abundance of labour law novelties, including amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure, the Act on Trade Unions and the Labour Code. To welcome 2020, this article summarises the biggest changes that employers and employees faced in 2019.

United Kingdom

Contributed by Lewis Silkin
2019 in employment law
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 January 2020

What were the most significant employment law developments in 2019? What can be expected in 2020 under a newly elected Conservative government with a sizeable majority? Despite Brexit continuing to dominate the political agenda in 2019, there were significant decisions in the courts and proposals for reform. Looking ahead to 2020, various Good Work Plan reforms will come into effect and the government plans to introduce a new Employment Bill, paving the way for further employment law reforms.