Polish Employment Law Developments: Substance Testing and Remote Work

A notable development in Polish employment law recently was passed. The legislation includes substance testing requirements and regulations on remote work.

This new legislation will have a powerful impact on Polish companies. Employers located in Poland should examine their policies and procedures to ensure they comply with these new regulations. Polish employers will be required to add special clauses reflecting the substance testing and remote work stipulations to their internal Work Regulations.

Substance Testing Requirements

On January 1, 2023, the law on substance testing is expected to come into force.

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Mexico Employment Law Update: Vacation Days Must Increase Beginning January 1, 2023

Employers with a presence in Mexico should be aware of a recent change in Mexican employment law. Effective as of January 1, 2023, employees in Mexico will be entitled to more vacation days.

Employees with one to five years of seniority will enjoy six more days of vacation entitlement. Currently, the vacation entitlement for employees with one, two, three, four and five years of seniority is six, eight, 10, 12 and 14 days, respectively. The new legislation will require employers to raise those vacation-day tallies to 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 days, respectively.

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Recent Developments in Irish Employment Law

There have been several developments in Irish employment law in recent months. These developments include requirements for gender pay gap reporting, expanded protections for whistleblowers, family leave and flexible work arrangements provisions, a recent court decision relevant to the gig economy, and the European Commission’s infringement notice against Ireland for its failure to comply with the European Union’s Directive on European Works Councils. Employers should examine their policies and procedures to ensure that they are complying with these new measures.

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Last year, Ireland enacted the Gender Pay Gap Information Act (the “Act”), which requires organizations to report their gender pay gap metrics. Regulations under the Act went into effect May 31, 2022 and require organizations with more than 250 employees to report their gender pay gap information in 2022.

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Reforms to Puerto Rican Labor Law Reinstate Employee-Friendly Measures

On June 20, 2022, Puerto Rico’s governor signed into law Act No. 41-2022 (“the Act”). The Act rolls back certain changes brought about by the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“LTFA”). The LTFA was enacted in 2017 in an effort to reenergize the island’s economy following its effective bankruptcy.

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Multinational Companies Operating in Russia Must Be Aware of Recent Restrictions on Disseminating Certain Information

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Russian government has imposed several restrictions that may affect employers with operations in Russia. The restrictions prohibit:

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Employers Adjust as COVID-19 Restrictions and Regulations Are Rolled Back Globally

On February 21, Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that all of England’s COVID-19 regulations and restrictions would be revoked in coming weeks. Shortly thereafter, countries across the globe began to follow suit.