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Do employees who are pregnant or on maternity leave enjoy any special protection in the event of redundancy in Germany?

This post was also contributed by Tony Rau, Trainee, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (Munich). German law provides for extensive protection of pregnant employees and employees on leave in connection with pregnancy. Regarding the latter, German law distinguishes between maternity leave (i.e. 6 weeks before until 8 weeks after childbirth – or 6 weeks before until … Continue reading

Key employment law developments expected in 2017

A significant amount of new employment legislation is expected or is already in place for 2017. Key changes will be in the hiring of temporary workers through an agency (referred to as “personnel leasing” in Germany), employee protection and equal treatment. Reform of laws regarding personnel leasing One of the main developments in 2017 will … Continue reading

Now streaming: happy new parents – tech employers set a high bar with paid parental leave

Tech industry giants Netflix and Microsoft this week have announced new generous and flexible parental leave policies as an incentive to attract and retain skilled employees in a highly competitive industry. Earlier this week, Netflix introduced an “unlimited” leave policy for new parents to take as much time as they want – with pay — … Continue reading

Conciliation travail-famille – endeavour to achieve a work life balance in Quebec

In Quebec, time devoted to paid work has considerably increased over the years. Moreover, the number of single-parent families and households where both spouses work is growing. Consequently, we are left with an increasing imbalance between work and family obligations. Quebec is no exception to this rule. Indeed, the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (BNQ) … Continue reading

Family Associated Leaves under the Canada Labour Code

The Canada Labour Code, which applies only to employees who work under a federal jurisdiction, sets out a variety of leaves that allow employees to meet their family related obligations. In order to be eligible, an employee must complete six months of consecutive employment with the same employer before the leave begins. These leaves are … Continue reading

What employee childcare rights must an employer respect in the province of Quebec?

The Act respecting labour standards (“ALS”) sets out a number of rights when it comes to an employee’s immediate family. The most commonly known family rights are without a doubt maternity leave (18 weeks), paternity leave (5 weeks) and parental leave (52 weeks).  While these leaves are unpaid under the ALS, the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (“QPIP”) does … Continue reading

Childcare obligations – what are an employer’s obligations?

Employers with more than 20 workers are required to provide a day-care center, where such workers whose salary is less than five minimum salaries can leave their children aged between three months and six years during the work day. To comply with this requirement, employers may choose between several options provided in the corresponding legislation. … Continue reading

Parental rights in the UK

In the UK there are a number of statutory employment rights enjoyed by employees who are also parents. These rights are subject to change during 2015 when a new system of shared parental leave will be introduced. Employees may also be entitled to enhanced rights under the express terms of their contracts of employment. However, … Continue reading

South Africa – Child care obligations. What are an employer’s obligations?

Currently, none of the major pieces of employment and labour legislation in South Africa specifically deal with an employer’s obligations when it offers childcare facilities to its employees’ children. Our legislation does however contain regulations providing pregnant employees with minimum childbirth rights and also seek to protect them after the birth of a child and … Continue reading

Childcare obligations – what are an employer’s obligations and an employee’s rights?

German law generally requires employers to take care of their employees’ needs. This obligation may become crucial in situations in which employees with children are affected. This article illustrates the most important childcare related rights of employees and the corresponding obligations employers can be faced with.  Protection of pregnant employees The German Maternity Protection Act … Continue reading

Employees with child care responsibilities – what are an employer’s obligations?

In this post we provide an overview of the following two types of obligations that an employer has under Australian law when it comes to employees with child care responsibilities: considering and responding to flexible working arrangement requests; and preventing discrimination on the grounds of family or child care responsibilities. We also provide some practical … Continue reading
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