New York State bill raises the stakes for employer safety liability: lifts caps on restitution and imposes significant fines for workplace deaths and injuries

A New York State bill, “Carlos’ Law”, is currently before Governor Hochul for signing, after having been passed both by the Senate and Assembly. The bill’s Sponsor Memo states that its purpose is “to protect workers from corporations and their agents that fail to comply with safety protocols. . .” and recalls that more than … Continue reading

Part Year workers holiday not pro-rated

The UK Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel which considered the holiday entitlement of those workers who are on permanent contracts but only work for part of the year (part year workers). The claimant was a part-time music teacher who worked variable number of hours during … Continue reading

Philosophical and religious beliefs: Balancing the issues

Two recent employment cases regarding “gender critical” beliefs have highlighted the difficulties in this area and whether such beliefs are capable of protection under the Equality Act 2010. Religion or belief is one of the nine protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.  The Act prohibits direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation in … Continue reading

Attirer ou conserver ses employés avec la mise en place de nouveaux avantages sociaux : attention aux obligations fiscales

La pénurie de main d’œuvre que connaît le Québec depuis quelques années force les employeurs à user d’imagination afin d’offrir à leurs employés des avantages sociaux leur permettant d’être attrayants vis-à-vis la concurrence. Cependant, ces avantages octroyés aux employés ne doivent pas être considérés comme étant seulement une dépense d’entreprise. Effectivement, dans la plupart des … Continue reading

Necessary contents of employment contracts – change in law as of August 1, 2022

The “Act on Proof of the Existence of an Employment Relationship” (Nachweisgesetz – NachwG) requires employers to set out the essential contractual terms of the employment in writing to their employees. The German legislature has now passed an amendment to the Nachweisgesetz, which comes into force on August 1, 2022, and has the effect of … Continue reading

Global Employment Law – Work from Anywhere: Leadership Challenges – Transforming Workplace -#17

This is the 17th paper in our Transforming Workplace series. In our earlier article, we explored why employees’ expectations of their leaders have changed and why organisations need to upgrade leaders’ skills and behaviours.   In this paper we now examine ow organisations can upskill their leaders to meet the specific leadership challenges arising from ‘work … Continue reading

What are the amendments to the Model WHS Act and Regulations?

The model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act) and the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Model Regulations) have recently been amended by Safe Work Australia (SWA). These amendments implement the agreed response by WHS Ministers in May 2021 (see our earlier blog article here) to the recommendations contained in the Marie Boland independent … Continue reading

Proposed Victorian Psychological Health Regulations: The submissions

In our last blog post on Victoria’s proposed Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Psychological Health) Regulations (Proposed Regulations) we set out the proposed changes and our recommendations for employers to address the anticipated obligations under the Proposed Regulations. The feedback period in relation to the Proposed Regulations has now closed and 79 submissions were received … Continue reading

Calling a man “bald” can amount to harassment related to sex

The Employment Tribunal (ET) has found that an employee that was called “a bald ****” by a fellow male colleague was harassed based on his sex. The Claimant presented a number of other claims against the Respondent, including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, victimisation and health and safety detriments; however, this post focuses on the Claimant’s … Continue reading

Nouveaux changements aux programmes d’immigration pour pallier la pénurie de main d’œuvre

En avril dernier, Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada (« IRCC ») faisait l’annonce de plusieurs mesures pour aider les employeurs à remédier à la problématique croissante de pénurie de main d’œuvre. Afin d’aider les employeurs à retenir les travailleurs temporaires au Canada, IRCC a mis en place les modifications suivantes au Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires (« PTET ») : … Continue reading