This month's Be Global looks at recent developments across the Americas, APAC and EMEA.

Highlights

Japan: Work style reform bill A bill is passing through the legislative process which would revise several existing employment laws including introducing a limit on overtime work; regulating contracts of atypical employees and improving working conditions of dispatched employees.

US: New York joins the #MeToo fray with sweeping legislation In April 2018, New York State enacted the most comprehensive state anti-sexual harassment legislation to date. In May 2018, New York City swiftly followed enacting a statute that largely mirrors the state law.

UK: Supreme Court decides "self-employed" plumber has worker status Employment status remains one of the hottest topics in employment law this year. The Supreme Court has now added to the debate, handing down judgment in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Smith. The Court unanimously held that a plumber who was engaged as a “self-employed operative” should in fact have been treated as a “worker” for employment rights purposes.

UAE: Changes to visa system expected later this year The UAE Government has approved changes to the UAE visa system. Under the new visa regime, certain categories of expatriates will qualify for up to 10-year residency visas.