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Netherlands: New Minimum Wage

(July 14, 2016) The gross minimum wage for full-time workers age 23 and older in the Netherlands increased to €1,537.20 (about US$1,698) per month on July 1, 2016. (Statutory Minimum Wage as of 1 July 2016 (May 26, 2016), Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment website.) The previous minimum gross monthly wage for that category of […]

ILO/UNHCR: Agreement Signed to Benefit Refugees

(July 8, 2016) On July 1, 2016, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote work opportunities for refugees and others who are involuntarily displaced; the new Memorandum builds on an existing one from 1983. (Press Release, ILO, UNHCR and ILO […]

Vietnam: Five-Year Program to Reduce Child Labor

(June 22, 2016) On June 7, 2016, Vietnam’s Prime Minister issued Decision No. 1023/QD-TTg on the country’s program to combat illegal child labor. The program, which covers the period 2016-2020, focuses “on preventing and minimizing child labor while timely detecting and assisting child laborers and vulnerable children in accessing opportunities for development.”  (Gov. Determines To […]

Sri Lanka: Two Laws on Wages Adopted

(June 21, 2016) In March 2016, Sri Lanka adopted two laws on wages designed to guarantee a minimum income level for workers. The National Minimum Wages Act, No. 3 of 2016, mandates a national, minimum monthly wage of Rs10,000 (about US$67.56), and the Budgetary Relief Allowance of Workers Act, No. 4 of 2016, establishes that […]

International Labor Organization/Kuwait: Removal from List of Countries Violating Workers’ Rights

(June 6, 2016) On June 2, 2016, during the 105th Session of the International Labor Conference, held in Geneva, the International Labor Organization (ILO) declared that Kuwait has been removed from the ILO’s list of countries that violate labor rights. Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh responded to the ILO announcement by stating […]

Nepal: Minimum Wage Increased

(May 23, 2016) It was reported on March 1, 2016, that the Government of Nepal had amended the minimum wage provided for under the Labor Act, 1992.  Notice of the change was published in the Nepal Gazette dated February 1, 2016.  (Anup Raj Upreti & Tilak Bikram Pandey, Minimum Wage / Salary, 2016 (2072), LEGAL […]

China: Maternity Leave Further Extended by Provinces

(May 3, 2016) In the past several months, Chinese provinces have been revising their regulations to implement the recently amended Law on Population and Family Planning (Family Planning Law) and at the same time specifying extra parental leave periods applicable in their jurisdictions. Nearly half of the revised regulations have been located; they cover 14 provinces […]

Aruba: Increased Minimum Wage and Wage Limit for Benefits

(Apr. 13, 2016) Effective March 1, 2016, the monthly minimum wage for most employees in Aruba was set at AWG1677.60 (about US$926.85) or AWG391.25 (about US$216.16) per week) for workers 18 years of age and older; for domestic workers 18 years of age and older, the new minimum wage is AWG782.65 (about US$432.40) per month. […]

Taiwan: Maximum 40-Hour Work Week in Effect

(Apr. 12, 2016) On January 1, 2016, an amendment to the Labor Standards Act that limits the work week in Taiwan to 40 hours entered into force. The amendment cut the former maximum work limit of 84 hours every two weeks to the 40-hour per week limit, with no more than eight hours of work […]