There has been mounting pressure to increase the length of maternity leave with some local employers developing their own extended leave provisions in the absence of Government action. Many employers in the high tech sector and professional services sector have acknowledged the increasing importance of gender diversity in the workplace and how extended maternity benefits can have a positive role to play in securing and retaining skilled female employees.
Countries around the world are grappling with change as work increasingly goes mobile. While workers in the US — particularly millennials — are clamoring for a more flexible workplace, the picture abroad is murkier, with some countries moving in the opposite direction. Companies that plan to send employees overseas need to be aware of the differences and prepare workers for organizations that view white-collar working hours in a very different light from their counterparts in the US.
Following a recent trial of about 10,000 workers, the French government has approved a cycle to work scheme where an employer will be required to compensate an employee for their journey to and from work.
In my last post, I outlined the basics of Brazil profit-sharing plans — known as “PLRs” — including how they can benefit both employers and employees. In this post, I’ll provide information on some other important — and often overlooked or misunderstood — facts about PLRs, such as, using third-party experts to draft PLRs and circumstances where PLRs are required.
Irish employees can now accrue annual leave during period-of-sickness absence. Any accrual can be carried forward for a maximum period of 15 months after the year it was earned in circumstances where the employee has not been able to use it.
In India, more employees will benefit from annual bonuses, end-of-service gratuity payments and longer maternity leave periods.
In this week's Global Glance we look at the killing of a protected lion in Zimbabwe, Netflix’s new “unlimited” parental leave policy, and temporary work in the global precariat.
Under the provisions of the Fair Work Act, only employees don't meet the high income threshold can pursue a claim for unfair dismissal. In an important recent ruling, a court held that an employee's company-supplied personal device (e.g., an iPad) could be factored into the total value of the employee's compensation package.
Employers operating in Brazil should seriously consider a profit sharing plan, or “PLR,” when designing their compensation plans. Unlike many employer obligations, this one can benefit both employers and employees alike if it is structured properly from the start. This post takes a look at the basics of Brazil’s profit sharing plans, including a list of steps to complete when developing a PLR.
Since 2012, the largest employers in the United Kingdom have been required to automatically enrol nearly all of their employees in a pension and to make minimum contributions. Over the next several years, this requirement will be imposed on all employers in the UK, with significant consequences for employers and employees alike.