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Employment & Benefits

15 January 2020
Kaitlyn Gulle Fiery fight over Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board's latest agreement

Australia - Lander & Rogers

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.

Authors: Kaitlyn Gulle, Alice Alexander
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Laura Epplett School no excuse for excessive absenteeism: arbitrator rules in upholding termination

Canada - Fasken

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.

Author: Laura Epplett
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Moran Friedman Weekly rest requirements for employees in Israel

Israel - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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.

Author: Moran Friedman
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Agnieszka Fedor Summary of 2019 labour law amendments

Poland - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

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.

Authors: Agnieszka Fedor, Filip Sodulski
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Sean Dempsey 2019 in employment law

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

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.

Authors: Sean Dempsey, Richard Lister
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Recent updates

Aaron Goonrey Poorly managed performance improvement plans: how to avoid adverse action claims

Australia - Lander & Rogers

Authors: Aaron Goonrey, Justine Krajewski
Brian Baggott DOL issues final rule clarifying how to calculate regular rate for overtime pay

USA - Dentons US LLP

Authors: Brian Baggott, Erin Bass
Colin Leckey Tribunal finds that workers transfer under TUPE

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Author: Colin Leckey
Guy Castegnaro Can an employee justify their immediate resignation due to imperfect management of company?

Luxembourg - Castegnaro

Authors: Guy Castegnaro, Ariane Claverie
César Navarro Gig economy: Madrid High Court of Justice unifies criteria and declares Glovo riders are employees

Spain - CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo

Author: César Navarro
Agnieszka Fedor Posting employees to Poland as part of provision of services

Poland - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

Authors: Agnieszka Fedor, Karolina Kanclerz
Hagen Köckeritz Lump sum compensation for overtime work

Germany - Mayer Brown

Authors: Hagen Köckeritz, Janis Czemmel
Thomas Rihm Presenteeism in Switzerland's world of work

Switzerland - Rihm Rechtsanwälte

Author: Thomas Rihm

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