Staying Ahead of the Ever-Increasing, Constantly Changing Body of HR Laws Across the Globe
While the European Commission looks to bring in new legislation around work-life balance which includes family related leave, Baker McKenzie's Paid Family Leave Guide 2019 is essential reading for multinational employers reviewing this area. Meanwhile, we look at the situation in Northern Ireland, where gender pay legislation remains on hold and in other news the UN looks at ways to broaden protections in the workplace.
New EU Legislation Tackling Work-Life Balance
The European Commission recently announced new legislation to address work-life balance and women's underrepresentation in the labor market. The proposed Directive will set new minimum standards for EU member states and "modernize" the existing EU legal framework in the area of family-related leave and flexible working arrangements.
Gender Pay Gap Reporting on Hold for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom without mandatory gender pay gap reporting. Its legislation allows for the introduction not only of gender pay reporting, but also reporting on ethnicity and disability, and requires an action plan to eliminate differences. However the breakdown of the region's devolved government has prevented the introduction of these measures.
Interestingly, Northern Ireland is unusual in having a reversed gender pay gap (i.e., women are on average paid more than men). Read Spotlight on the Gender Pay Gap in the UK for more information on reporting requirements across the UK including for employees in Northern Ireland.
UN's ILO Adopts Groundbreaking Convention on Workplace Harassment
The UN's work and labor agency, the International Labor Organization or ILO, adopted a "Violence and Harassment Convention" and "Violence and Harassment Recommendation" at the recent Centenary International Labor Conference in Geneva.
Paid Family Leave in 2019: A Multinational Employer's Guide
Developed countries across the globe are increasingly adopting and augmenting paid family leave laws, seeing such laws as a "win-win" for both employers and employees. For employees, paid family leave laws allow new parents to bond with and care for their children in the stressful and crucial initial months of a child's life. For employers, the theory goes, such leave allows employees to return to work recuperated from that same stressful period, in turn enhancing employee productivity and work satisfaction.