Tag archives: Employment & Labour

Demise of non-competes? Key takeaways from recent Singapore judgments striking down non-compete and other restrictive covenants

The starting point under Singapore law is that any contractual term restricting a former employee’s business activities after termination of employment (known as a restraint of trade clause or a restrictive covenant) is – on its face – void and unenforceable for being a restraint on the freedom of trade and contrary to public policy. … Continue reading

Aktuelles zur Massenentlassungsanzeige

BAG: Der geplante Kurswechsel des Sechstens Senats Der für Insolvenzsachen zuständige Sechste Senat des Bundesarbeitsgerichts hat mit Beschluss vom 14. Dezember 2023 in dem Verfahren 6 AZR 157/22 (B) angekündigt, seine Rechtsprechung aufzugeben, wonach eine im Rahmen einer Massenentlassung nach § 17 Abs. 1 KSchG ausgesprochene Kündigung unwirksam ist, wenn im Zeitpunkt ihrer Erklärung eine … Continue reading

Paid leave entitlements during sickness absence: a significant change in France

In three decisions handed down on 13 September 2023, the French Supreme Court took an unprecedented position reversing the previous case law concerning accrual of paid leave for employees absent from work due to sickness. In these decisions, the French Supreme Court ruled that all employees on sick leave, regardless of whether the illness is … Continue reading

Closing the wage theft, redundancy and domestic violence loopholes

This article was co-authored with Millie Jones and Ying Yi Lim. As discussed in our article late last year, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes Act 2023 (the Act)) was passed by Parliament on 7 December 2023. The Act introduced significant changes to “close the labour hire loophole” and prevent bargained rates in enterprise agreements from being undercut by the use … Continue reading

Arbeitsrecht 2024: Was ändert sich?

Das deutsche Arbeitsrecht bringt im Jahr 2024 zahlreiche Neuerungen und geplante Änderungen, die Personalverantwortliche kennen sollten. Neuerungen Zum 1. Januar 2024 wurden die Rechengrößen in der Sozialversicherung turnusgemäß an die Einkommensentwicklung angepasst. Die aktuellen Rechengrößen finden sie hier. Der gesetzliche Mindestlohn wurde auf € 12,41 angehoben. Die Jahresverdienstgrenze für Minijobber liegt 2024 bei € 6.456 (€ 538/Monat). Arbeitsunfähige Arbeitnehmer … Continue reading

La Cour d’appel précise les droits des employeurs en période de gel des conditions de travail

Introduction La Cour d’appel a récemment eu à clarifier les limites aux droits des employeurs lorsque vient le temps de négocier une convention collective. Dans un jugement rendu vers la fin de l’année 2023, la Cour est venue préciser le cadre juridique s’appliquant à la période communément appelée le « gel des conditions de travail »[1]. Depuis … Continue reading

Levelling up labour hire pay to become law Has the bell tolled for labour hire?

This article was co-authored with Millie Jones. As mentioned in our article when the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes Bill 2023 (Bill) was introduced to Parliament in September 2023, Australia is set for further industrial relations reform – albeit in a slimmed down manner for the moment. The Government decided to split the Bill in two after reaching … Continue reading

German Whistleblower Protection Act: Transition period ends

The German Whistleblower Protection Act (Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz) obliges employers to set up an internal reporting channel for information on legal violations. The transition period for implementing the obligation ends on 17 December 2023. As a result, small and medium-sized companies with 50 or more employees must also by this time have a corresponding reporting system in … Continue reading

Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz: Ende der Übergangsfrist

Das deutsche Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz verpflichtet Arbeitgeber, einen internen Meldeweg für Hinweise auf Rechtsverstöße einzurichten. Die Übergangsfrist für vollständige Umsetzung der Verpflichtung endet am 17. Dezember 2023. Damit müssen auch kleine und mittlere Unternehmen mit 50 oder mehr Beschäftigten bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt ein entsprechendes Meldesystem eingerichtet haben. Andernfalls drohen empfindliche Bußgelder. Die arbeitsrechtlichen Auswirkungen, die Arbeitgeber … Continue reading

The AHRC’s powers commence from 12 December 2023: Are you positive your business is prepared?

This article was co-authored with Jessica Kamleh, Phina Conroy and Michael Wilson. In late 2022, new provisions were included in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (SD Act) to impose a positive duty on employers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate, as far as possible, certain unlawful conduct under the SD … Continue reading

Le droit de sous-traiter certains travaux en l’absence de « personnel qualifié » : l’employeur n’a pas l’obligation de mettre ses salariés à l’épreuve

Dans une décision rendue en septembre 2023[1], opposant le Syndicat des salariés(es) de la fromagerie (CSD) (le Syndicat) à Agropur, coopérative agroalimentaire (l’Employeur), un tribunal d’arbitrage (le Tribunal) était confronté à plusieurs griefs où le Syndicat contestait la sous-traitance de certains travaux de maintenance. Le contexte La convention collective en vigueur chez l’Employeur prévoit qu’il … Continue reading

Increased regulation and a potential ban on engineered stone

The status of silica regulation across Australia This article was co-authored by Hattie Wilson In recent years, Australia has seen a significant increase in the number of cases of silicosis and other crystalline silica (silica) related diseases in the workplace.  Silica is a naturally occurring mineral which is used in many products such as asphalt, … Continue reading

Managing the risks of concussions in contact sports: a Senate inquiry

This article was co-authored by Hattie Wilson In recent years, evidence of the link between concussions and repeated head trauma sustained in contact sports, and the short and long-term impacts of such injuries on an individual’s health, has gained increasing awareness and concern, both in Australia and internationally. Consequently, on 1 December 2022, the Senate … Continue reading

La responsabilité criminelle des entreprises dans un contexte de santé et de sécurité du travail: Commentaire sur l’arrêt CFG Construction inc. c. R.

Résumé Dans CFG Construction inc. c. R.[1], la Cour d’appel du Québec (« Cour d’appel ») est appelée à se prononcer sur le cadre juridique applicable à la responsabilité criminelle des entreprises. Cette décision représente l’un des rares cas d’application des dispositions du Code criminel[2] qui permettent, depuis 2004, que soient reconnues coupables des entreprises ayant négligé … Continue reading

UK Pensions: Flurry of pensions-related announcements in Autumn Statement      

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 22, 2023, included a long list of pensions announcements, although only the first three set out below have a firm starting date of April 6, 2024. Consultations, responses, calls for evidence or reviews were published on: Comment After years of initiatives around the edges of forcing consolidation of pension … Continue reading

The future of underpayment proceedings: The Fair Work Ombudsman and union led class actions

This article was co-authored with Kate Green and Rachael Lee. Amidst an exponential increase in wage theft and pay compliance matters, the proliferation of underpayment proceedings in recent years has created complexity as employers face a hotbed of often overlapping and competing claims from employees, unions, third party funders and the Fair Work Ombudsman (the … Continue reading

Rude awakening – High Court rules on employer vicarious liability for after-hours conduct in shared staff accommodation

This article was co-authored by Roxanne Hilton, Amy Parry and Grace Carlson. The High Court in CCIG Investments Pty Ltd v Schokman has recently overturned a decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal, shedding light on when wrongful acts occur ‘in the course or scope of an employee’s employment’.[1] Course or scope of employment? A … Continue reading

No Loopholes Here: The ‘Closing Loopholes’ Bill Explained

The third tranche of the Federal Government’s industrial relations reforms was introduced to Parliament on 4 September 2023 to make good on a number of reforms foreshadowed in the most recent Federal election and at the 2022 Jobs and Skills Summit.  After a year of significant development in the employment and industrial relations space, the … Continue reading