On April 30, 2021, the Luxembourg Economic and Social Council (Conseil économique et social, “CES”) issued an opinion on the right to disconnect. In its opinion, the CES recommended that a new provision, L. 312-9, entitled “Respect for the right to disconnect,” be included in the Labor Code. This new article proposes to (i) define a right to disconnect program and (ii) implement the right to disconnect program.
As has been well-documented over the past several weeks, India has experienced a significant second wave of COVID-19 infections. In light of the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, at least 11 Indian states and union territories have imposed COVID-19 restrictions. This past weekend, the eastern state of Odisha and the northern industrial state of Haryana became the latest to announce new lockdowns, joining Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra and West Bengal, among others.
On April 29, 2021, the Ontario government passed Bill 284, COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021 (the “Act”), which amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). The Act requires employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave if they miss work for COVID-19-related reasons. The paid leave entitlement is retroactive to April 19, 2021 and will end on September 25, 2021, the same day that the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit ends. The Act may be extended beyond that date.
On April 27, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) requiring certain federal contractors to pay workers on government contracts at least $15 per hour beginning January 30, 2022. After 2022, the minimum wage will be adjusted annually for inflation at a rate set by the secretary of Labor (the secretary). The EO supported the minimum wage increase by stating that raising worker wages will promote efficiency in federal procurement through: (1) enhanced worker productivity and generation of higher-quality work from increased workers’ health, morale and effort; (2) reduced absenteeism and turnover; and (3) lowered supervisory and training costs.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) begins EEO-1 Component 1 data collection today with its recently updated website. In addition to launching the new online filing system, the EEO-1 website features refreshed resource information, including 21 FAQs and four fact sheets, which discuss pointers for preparing to file and getting started, as well as reporting requirements for company organizational changes.
As employees, business leaders and travelers begin to adapt to the U.K.’s post-Brexit immigration system, a strong grasp of the most commonly used visa categories — including new visas established as a result of Brexit — is essential. To help you get up to speed, we’ve created a series of short videos providing basic overviews of each major visa category, prepared and narrated by the trainee solicitors of the Faegre Drinker immigration and global mobility team in London.
To view the videos, visit the Faegre Drinker website.