UK: Changes in employment law current rates and limits – April 2023

April marks the annual increase in the limits (maximum and minimum) applying to certain awards of Employment Tribunals and other amounts payable under employment legislation. Employers should ensure that they are aware of these changes and make adjustments where appropriate. Maximum Compensation Limits From 6 April 2023, there will be increases to the maximum compensation … Continue reading

Disparité salariale et statut d’emploi : les tâches doivent être « identiques » pour que le mécanisme de protection prévu à la Loi sur les normes du travail s’enclenche

L’art. 41.1 de la Loi sur les normes du travail (LNT) prévoit qu’un employeur ne peut accorder à un salarié un taux de salaire inférieur à celui consenti à ses autres salariés qui effectuent les mêmes tâches dans le même établissement uniquement en raison de son statut d’emploi, notamment parce qu’il travaille habituellement moins d’heures … Continue reading

Remuneration of works councils: Liability trap for HR managers

The remuneration of employee representatives on works councils is intended to save employers money and at the same time ensure cooperation based on trust. In a recent decision, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH, 10.01.2023 – 6 StR 133/22) sets strict requirements for the legality of the level of such remuneration and does not … Continue reading

Vergütung von Betriebsräten: Haftungsfalle für Personalverantwortliche

Die Vergütung von Betriebsräten soll Arbeitgebern Geld sparen und gleichzeitig eine vertrauensvolle Zusammenarbeit sicherstellen. Der Bundesgerichtshof macht in einer jüngeren Entscheidung strenge Vorgaben zur deren Rechtmäßigkeit (BGH, 10.01.2023 – 6 StR 133/22) und schließt eine mögliche Strafbarkeit wegen vorsätzlicher Untreue bei überhöhten Entgelten nicht aus. Arbeitgeber sollten diese Entscheidung zum Anlass nehmen, ihre bisherige Vergütungspraxis … Continue reading

Current status of WHS Regulations addressing psychosocial risks

By Nicki Milionis with thanks to Artemis Sfendourakis for her contribution Following amendments made by Safe Work Australia (SWA) to the model Work Health and Safety Act and the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (model WHS Regulations) in June 2022 (see our related blog articles here and here), the Commonwealth, States and Territories are … Continue reading

Singapore steps up controls over workplace fairness and discrimination

Since the start of 2023, there have been a number of significant developments in the employment landscape in Singapore, largely focused on workplace fairness and discrimination. These developments have wide-ranging legal and practical implications for employers. Accordingly, employers should review their existing practices and procedures, including their grievance handling procedures, to ensure that they are … Continue reading

Bending the CCMA Rules

Aimed at regulating proceedings in the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), the CCMA Rules serve a vital function.  However, in the recent judgment of the Labour Court, the Labour Court declined to uphold the enforcement of the CCMA’s rule regarding objections to the con/arb process.  This resulted in a default award against the … Continue reading

The Net Result: How Social Media has Transformed the Everyday Workplace

Instagram. Facebook. TikTok. Snapchat.  Four words that have not only changed today’s lexicon, but have also created new issues for today’s employers.  Incidents of “social media gone bad” are steadily appearing in workplaces and employers are struggling to strike an effective balance between protecting their businesses while still preserving their employees’ ability to freely express … Continue reading

Les accords de non-débauchage : votre entreprise est-elle à risque?

En juin 2022, le législateur fédéral a apporté d’importantes modifications à la Loi sur la concurrence (la « Loi »), lesquelles auront des effets importants pour les employeurs de juridiction tant provinciale que fédérale. Notamment, certaines modifications, qui entreront en vigueur le 23 juin 2023, viennent interdire les accords entre employeurs visant à : Les employeurs ont jusqu’au 23 juin … Continue reading

Changes to BCEA Earnings Threshold and to National Minimum Wage Act from 1 March 2023

The Minister of Labour has determined that from 1 March 2023, the earnings threshold under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (BCEA) increased from R224 080.48 per annum (approximately R18 673.37 per month) to R241 110.59 per annum (approximately R20 092.55 per month). The national minimum wage increased from R23.19 per hour to R25.42 for … Continue reading