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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 […]

Germany: New Law Mandates Precedence of Majority Union’s Collective Agreement over Competing Collective Agreements

(June 2, 2015) On May 22, 2015, the German Bundestag (parliament) passed a draft law on collective bargaining agreement unity. (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Tarifeinheit (Tarifeinheitsgesetz) [Draft Act on Collective Bargaining Agreement Unity (Collective Agreement Unity Act)], DEUTSCHER BUNDESTAG: DRUCKSACHEN UND PROTOKOLLE [BT] 18/4062 (Feb. 20, 2015).) The controversial legislation passed with a vote of […]

Tanzania: Parliament Passes Non-Citizens Employment Act

(Apr. 28, 2015) Tanzania’s 357-member unicameral Parliament recently passed the Non-Citizens (Employment Regulation) Act, which, as its name indicates, is aimed at regulating the employment of non-citizens in the country. (Foreign Workers Face Tougher Times in Dar, TRADE MARK (Mar. 23, 2015).) According to Gaudentia M. Kabaka, the Minister of Labour and Employment and the […]

Australia: Minimum Wage System to Be Examined by Productivity Commission

(Feb. 10, 2015) On January 22, 2015, the Australian Productivity Commission released a series of issues papers related to the workplace relations framework in Australia. (Workplace Relations Framework – Issues Papers, Productivity Commission website (last visited Feb. 5, 2015).) The Australian Treasurer requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a wide-ranging inquiry into the workplace relations […]

Mongolia: Decision on Increasing Civil Servant Salaries and Pensions

(Feb. 2, 2015) It was reported on January 19, 2015, that on January 15, the Mongolian government issued a decision to increase salaries and pensions for the country’s civil servants by 10%. The move is based on the Agreement of Labor and Society, a municipal labor concession agreement reached by the Trilateral National Commission for […]