Last month, the European Parliament approved the European Union Trade Secrets Directive. The Directive will create minimum statutory standards to better protect trade secrets. Currently, very few EU member states have clear and defined laws protecting sensitive business information, and very few clearly define what a trade secret is.
The new Personal Data Protection Act will look very similar to the EU Data Protection Directive with regards to its privacy principles and terminology, but there are a few notable differences. The Act will have a staggered implementation with most of the provisions coming into force in October.
The UK continues to adjust how the rate of pay should be calculated when an individual is on paid annual leave. In a recent case, the court determined whether voluntary overtime (additional work that the employee is at liberty to decline) should be taken into account.
The Australian government is reviewing comments from data controllers of 45 organizations regarding their concerns about an upcoming mandatory data breach notification bill. Parliament's final approval of the bill is expected in 2017.
Effective April 1, Singapore requires employers to submit itemized pay slips and written key employment terms (KETs) to employees, in addition to keeping detailed employment records.