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Employment & Benefits

19 February 2020
Patricia Barboza What is PM 905 and will it lead to another labour reform in Brazil?

Brazil - CGM Advogados

Provisional Measure 905/2019 (PM 905) was recently published in the Official Gazette, creating a new type of employment agreement specifically designed to incentivise companies to offer individuals aged between 19 and 29 their first formal job in exchange for benefits relating mainly to payroll taxation. The final decision regarding PM 905 should happen after April 2020 but, in the meantime, companies should seek legal advice while implementing the proposed changes.

Authors: Patricia Barboza, Maury Lobo
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Mikaël Maher Religious freedom versus occupational health and safety

Canada - Fasken

A great societal debate is taking place following the Quebec National Assembly's recent adoption of the Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, which regulates the wearing of religious symbols at the government level. In a recent case, freedom to wear religious symbols was pitted against employers' legal obligations to ensure and maintain occupational health and safety. The Quebec Court of Appeal held that occupational health and safety prevails over religious freedom, at least in this matter.

Author: Mikaël Maher
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Shay Teken Employees' social rights: Employment of Women Law

Israel - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

The Employment of Women Law entitles both women and men to certain parental rights, including limitations on the fields of work available to pregnant women, limitations on women's night shifts, the protection of employment during pregnancy, maternity leave (for both women and men) and limitations on termination of employment.

Authors: Shay Teken, Moran Friedman
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Ole Kristian Olsby Gender equality: further duties for employers

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

From 1 January 2020 the Equality and Anti-discrimination Act has been amended, imposing further duties on employers regarding equality and discrimination. Companies in the public sector and companies with more than 50 employees in the private sector must now carry out a mapping of pay with regard to gender and the uptake of part-time work every two years.

Author: Ole Kristian Olsby
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Amy Nevins Introduction of paid parental bereavement leave confirmed

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The government has finalised the legislation to implement an entitlement to two weeks' paid bereavement leave for working parents who lose a child aged under 18. The new right will come into force with effect on 6 April 2020. In readiness, all employers should review their policies and practices and amend them as necessary to reflect the new rights.

Author: Amy Nevins
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Luxembourg - Castegnaro

Authors: Guy Castegnaro, Ariane Claverie