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Archives: October 2014

Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave New laws on shared parental leave came into force in early 2015 meaning big changes for families and for businesses. In simple terms, the legislation gives mothers the right to transfer leave they’re due after the birth of their child, to their partner. Are your policies and procedures up to date? You want to be sure that …

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China: All Change?

Traditionally the employer employee relationship in China has been best described as a one way street – namely power resides in the hand of the employer. However, as China undergoes fundamental restructuring of its economy in the move to become even more dominant in the global market following free market reforms in 1980, this has had the knock on effect …

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India introduces harassment legislation

Prime Minster Narendra Modi recently called for a new commitment on behalf of Indian society to challenge and end injustice. His speech comes on the back of his reforming agenda to tackle unnecessary bureaucracy and attempt to re-stimulate the Indian economy.

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Fertility in the workplace – to freeze or not to freeze

Following Apple and Facebook’s announcement last week to offer their US female employees the benefit of cryopreservation and egg storage, we are all wondering if this trend will make it across the pond.

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Poland: The benefits of flexibility?

A recent report by Hon Marak Belka (the Governor of the Bank for the Republic of Poland) to the IMF World Bank Group (10 October 2014) stated that the situation in Central Europe looks somewhat brighter than elsewhere in the Eurozone.

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Holiday pay

Dealing with holiday pay Calculating holiday pay should be simple and indeed that used to be the case. However, recent case law has meant that what elements should be included in a holiday pay calculation has become a controversial issue for employers. The law currently remains in a state of flux. Use the links below to keep up to date …

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Vive La Famille !

There has been a significant amount of discussion and debate across Europe, most noticeably in the UK and France, regarding parental leave with many parents still looking enviously towards the Nordic model.

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Holiday pay – a round-up of the current position

Following Mr Branson’s announcement last week that he was giving his head office staff “unlimited” holiday, we thought it was high time to take stock of the current legal position on holiday pay. This is an aide memoire and brief summary of where we left off a few months ago as we revisit the snail-paced progression of the various holiday …

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Fine tuning in Germany

A recent case hot off the press from the Federal Labour Court has found that an employer can reclaim the costs of hiring a private detective from the employee in the event that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the employee is acting in an inappropriate manner. Previously, such costs were only recoverable in the event that the private …

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Holiday breaks into Virgin territory – the next step towards total employee flexibility?

As ever, Richard Branson is at the forefront of ground-breaking societal developments. The billionaire head of Virgin recently announced that 170 staff in his families’ offices in the UK and US would be allowed to take as many days holiday as they liked, whenever they wished to do so. Staff don’t even need to request permission to take holiday.

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