The Global Employer Alert contains recent key developments in employment law from across the globe, together with our recent global employment and labor publications. This month, our team in London published key findings from a Brexit employment survey of EU-27 skilled workers, who are currently working in the UK, on how last year's referendum is affecting their lives and what impact it may have on the business community. View the infographic and learn more about the survey here. We also explore the implications of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, further developments in the travel ban imposed by the US President, and more issues affecting global employers from across the world.
Client EventsJuly 12, 2017Seminar (North America)The Intersection of Trade Secrets and Employees: Traps for the Unwary and Legal and Tech Safeguards Click here for more information Asia Pacific Australia - Employee Benefits Ready for Australian and UK year-end share plan reporting? There are a few countries that require special annual reports for share plan transactions (in addition to regular annual payroll reports). Australia and the UK are among these countries and are both on a fiscal year that differs from the calendar year. Read more. Hong Kong - Employee Benefits Executive council endorses the abolishment of MPF 'offsetting' mechanism Hong Kong's Executive Council affirmed the Government's proposal to progressively abolish the "offsetting" of severance payments and long service payments with the Mandatory Provident Fund, which was put forward in its January 2017 Policy Address. Read more. Thailand - Employment & Labor New law on foreign employees and migrant workers A new Royal Decree on Managing the Work of Aliens B.E. 2560 (2017) ("Royal Decree") became effective. It cancels and replaces the two main pieces of legislation regulating foreigners working in Thailand. Read more. Social security fund e-service and e-payment The Social Security Office has now introduced an e-service and e-payment system in providing certain services to employers and insured employees. Read more. Europe, Middle East & Africa Italy - Employment & Labor New rules on the so called work-by-voucher and on service agreements In the past months, a heated debate has been taking place on work-by-vouchers and liability for salary and social security payments for personnel involved in service agreements. Read more. Case law: In cases of dismissal for disciplinary reasons, the employer is obliged to meet the employee who has asked to provide oral justifications In Italy, when an employer decides to terminate an employee for disciplinary reasons (with or without notice), the law provides for a specific procedure to be followed, which includes the employee's right to provide justifications, both in writing and orally. Read more. South Africa - Employment & Labor Business reorganization: Forward-thinking businesses have an advantage Creative people, processes and thinking could assist a business in not only avoiding legal risk occasioned by forced redundancies, but also enable the company to position itself for future growth and opportunities. Read more. Biometric access: Is your workplace at risk of hacking? Companies are increasingly implementing biometric clocking systems to monitor and control employees' access to the workplace. Read more.
Global Employment & Compensation Publications
Report: The Global Employer Forum 2017 - Connecting Leaders & Fresh Thinking We held our FutureWorks Global Employer Forum in London to discuss the megatrends that will impact global businesses and the future of work. Together with HR and employment leaders from some of the largest and most innovative companies in the world, as well as leading academics and thinkers, we looked at how global employers can embrace the opportunities and manage the coming shocks. Clickhereto access the report.
Blog: The Compensation Connection The Baker McKenzie "Compensation Connection" blog covers recent legal and tax developments, emerging trends and best practices in the world of executive compensation and employee benefits. Read the latest updates, insight and commentary on changes in the laws impacting equity and incentive plans, deferred compensation plans, pension and welfare plans and other compensation arrangements. Click hereto access the report.
Updated: The Global Equity Matrix | April 2017 The Global Equity Services Practice Group at Baker McKenzie is pleased to provide you with the latest update of our Global Equity Matrix. This document summarizes the key issues for equity awards (including cash awards) and covers tax and securities, exchange control, labor and data privacy issues in 50 countries. Click here to download.
Video series: The Global Mobility Minute Video 1: What is an Accidental Expat? The first video installment of The Global Mobility Minute has been launched. In this video, Kerry Weinger answers the question, "What is an Accidental Expat", and explains why companies should be concerned. Watch the video here .
Token of appreciation or discrimination: Which side of the coin do payments to non-striking employees land on? While colleagues were taking part in a legal strike, some of the non-striking employees volunteered to take on extra duties. After the strike ended, the company paid a token of appreciation to employees who had worked during the industrial action and made a positive contribution to running production. Read more. Qatar - Employment & Labor Qatar diplomatic crisis - How it may impact you Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and moved to close off access to the Gulf country, with an embargo on air, sea or land traffic to and from Qatar. Read more. Updated: Qatar diplomatic crisis - how it may impact you in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt Since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday 5 June 2017, and moved to close off access to the Gulf country, there have been a few developments. Read more. United Kingdom - Employee Benefits UK extends annual share plan return deadline Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs authority ("HMRC") has announced the deadline for submitting share plan annual returns for the tax year 2016/2017 has been extended from July 6, 2017 to August 24, 2017. Read more. New EU prospectus regulation - impact on share schemes The Council of the European Union adopted a proposal to repeal and replace the Prospectus Directive and the existing Prospectus Regulation, and to provide for a simplified and harmonised regime which will govern the content, format, approval and publication of prospectuses throughout the EU. Read more. United Kingdom - Employment & Labor Employment law implications of the Queen's Speech The key employment-related proposals have been outlined in the Queen's Speech (which sets out the UK government's legislation agenda for the next two years). Read more. Ongoing Brexit uncertainty - our survey says… Throughout May, we surveyed 250 people, educated at degree level or higher. We asked how the referendum result is affecting their lives and what impact that may have on the employer community. Read more . Latin America Brazil - Employment & Labor Law 13.429/2017: Outsourcing of core activities After three rejections, on March 31, 2017 President Michel Temer sanctioned Law 13.429/2017 regulating the outsourcing of services. Read more. Labor reform – update of procedure The controversial labor reform bill was presented by Michel Temer's government and approved by the Lower House on April 26, 2017. Read more. Brazil - Employee Benefits CARF says stock options are subject to income tax The discussion on the legal nature and consequent taxation of stock options has one more chapter. Read more. Mexico - Employment & Labor Mexican tax authorities step in on the subcontracting regime The subcontracting regime concept has evolved in the Mexican legislation in recent years. In 2009, the Social Security Law ("SSL") was amended mainly to provide the authorities with better means to scrutinize the compliance of social security obligations in subcontracting structures in order to abolish elusive practices. Read more. North America Canada - Employment & Labor
Employees now able to sue for workplace harassment Employees now have a green light to bring a civil action in relation to workplace harassment as a result of a recent decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.Read more. Federal government adds "gender identity" and "gender expression" to Canadian human rights act Five years after "gender identity" and "gender expression" were added as protected grounds of discrimination in Ontario's Human Rights Code, the Federal government has added "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the Canadian Human Rights Act. Read more. BC trial on alleged human rights violations by Canadian mining company in Guatemala can proceed A lawsuit brought by several Guatemalans for alleged damages suffered during a 2013 protest at the Escobal silver mine in San Rafael Las Flores has cleared a final hurdle and will now proceed to trial in British Columbia. Read more. Early approval across party lines for ESA & LRA amending legislation We recently wrote about the Ontario government's proposed changes to the province's employment standards and labour relations legislation – see our blog posts here and here. On June 1, 2017, the Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn, introduced legislation to affect these changes. Read more. United States - Employment & Labor Mind the (gender pay) gap – at home and abroad For many HR professionals and in-house counsel, the topic of gender pay equality is being escalated from various sectors of organizations on an increasingly regular basis. For the Board and C-suite, it is a highly visible issue that shareholders are demanding be addressed. Read more. US Department of Labor withdraws Obama-era guidance on joint employment and independent contractors U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced in a June 7, 2017 press release that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn two of its recent administrator's interpretations. Read more. Supreme Court allows parts of Trump's travel ban to take effect The Supreme Court issued a temporary order that allows certain provisions of President's Trump's Executive Order No. 13780 to take effect while legal challenges to the executive order are pending. Read more. Three labor law issues all employers should follow Three significant labor law matters are primed for major decisions in the near future. Read more. United States - Employee Benefits The SEC's CEO pay ratio disclosure rule – strategies for dealing with non-US employees This client alert briefly summarizes the key provisions of the SEC's final CEO pay ratio disclosure rule and focuses on the limited exemptions provided for non-US employees. As described in more detail below, invoking these exceptions will likely be difficult in practice. Read more. Connecticut's taxation of former resident's options – reminder for employers with mobile employees Employees today are increasingly mobile and companies that grant equity or have deferred compensation programs are faced with complex withholding and reporting requirements in the various states. Read more.