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Israel: Court Recognizes U.S. Foreign State Immunity in Employment Suit

(Feb. 2, 2016) On January 8, 2016, Israel’s National Labor Court accepted an appeal by the United States of a decision of the Jerusalem regional labor court. The regional court had rejected the U.S. claim of foreign sovereign immunity in a suit filed against the U.S. by a former employee (the respondent) of its consulate […]

Turkey: New Minimum Wage

(Jan. 7, 2016) As of January 1, 2016, the net minimum wage paid by Turkish businesses to their employees increased by about 30%, from TL1,000 to TL1,300 per month (about US$333 – $433). The Turkish government is to cover “some 40 percent of the cost,” about TL110, of the increase, amounting in all to around […]

Russia: Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Contracts

(Dec. 9, 2015) On November 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation issued a ruling on resolving labor disputes involving athletes and sports team coaches. (Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Ruling No. 52 on the Application by Courts of Laws Regulating the Work of Sportsmen and Coaches (Nov. 24, 2015), Supreme Court […]

International Labour Organization: Forced Labor Protocol to Come into Effect Next Year

(Dec. 3, 2015) The Protocol to the Forced Labor Convention, first adopted at a conference held by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2014, will come into effect on November 9, 2016. That date is 12 months after the protocol received its second ratification, from Norway, following a prior ratification by Niger.  (Norway Ratification Clinches […]

Turkey: Minimum Wage Increase Proposed

(Nov. 17, 2015) It was reported on November 6, 2015, that Turkey’s minimum wage is expected to rise to TL1,300 (about US$451) per month, from the current TL1,000, at the beginning of 2016. Currently, there are about five million workers in Turkey who receive the minimum wage. In addition, employers that sign collective bargaining agreements […]

Italy: Implementation of the Jobs Act

(Nov. 5, 2015) On September 24, 2015, four legislative Decree Laws implementing the employment law reforms embodied in the 2014 Jobs Act — Decree Laws Nos. 148, 149, 150, and 151 of September 14, 2015 – entered into effect in Italy. (Legge 10 dicembre 2014, n. 183 Deleghe al Governo in materia di riforma degli […]

Niger/Saudi Arabia: Agreement Signed on Labor Recruitment

(Oct. 13, 2015) On September 30, 2015, Niger’s Minister of Labor, Employment, and Social Security, Salissou Ada, described the steps his country will take to implement an agreement between Niger and Saudi Arabia on recruitment of workers from Niger for jobs in Saudi Arabia. That agreement was concluded on June 5, at a meeting held […]

International Labour Organization: Standards for the Informal Economy Proposed

(July 1, 2015) On June 12, 2015, the International Labour Organization (ILO) announced its first standards for assisting laborers in the informal market; the document is in the form of a recommendation. (ILO Adopts Historic Labour Standard to Tackle the Informal Economy, ILO website (June 12, 2015).) The goals, as stated in the document, are […]

Israel: National Labor Court Recognizes Gender-Identity Based Discrimination

(June 15, 2015) On June 2, 2015, Israel’s National Labor Court recognized for the first time that gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination, which is prohibited under section 2 of the Equality of Opportunities in Labour Law, 5748-1988 (42 LAWS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL 31 (5748-1988/88, the Law), also includes discrimination based on gender identity. […]

Brazil: New Rules for Unemployment Benefits and Bonus Salary Approved by Federal Senate

(June 2, 2015) On May 26, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a provisional measure that amends existing law regulating the unemployment insurance program (programa do seguro-desemprego) and salary bonuses (abono salarial). (Medida Provisória No. 665 (Dec. 30, 2014), PLANALTO, amending Lei No. 7,998 (Jan, 11, 1990) PLANALTO.) The measure changes the rules for unemployment […]