Reforms to Puerto Rico’s Labor Law Declared Null and Void Ab Initio

On March 3, 2023, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain, presiding over Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy, issued an opinion declaring Act 41-2022 (Act No. 41) null and void ab initio.

Law 41-2022 Amendments

Act No. 41, which took effect in June 2022, amended several employment regulations that had been established by the 2017 Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (LTFA). As previously reported, Act No. 41 sought to broaden several labor rights applicable to employees in the private sector. Specifically, the Act provided the following employment benefits:

  • Limited the probationary period to a maximum of three months;
  • Increased accrual of vacation and sick leave;
  • Extended the statute of limitations for workers to claim benefits derived from an employment contract to three years;
  • Required bonuses for eligible employees;
  • Mandated severance pay, calculated based on years of service, for employees dismissed without just cause from positions for an indefinite term;
  • Provided for ambiguous provisions to be interpreted in favor of the employee;
  • Directed employers to provide meal periods based on number of hours worked; and
  • Established that certain employees were entitled to one day of rest for every six days worked.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Developments in Irish Employment Law

For Irish lawmakers, commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) continues to be a top priority in 2023. Following the introduction of Ireland’s Gender Pay Gap Information Act (the Act) in 2021, employers continue to be required to report their gender pay gap metrics as a tangible commitment to DEI.

On May 31, 2022, regulations went into effect requiring organizations with more than 250 employees to report their gender pay gap information in December 2022, based on a June 2022 snapshot of the organizations’ employees.

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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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How to Become a Scale-Up Worker Sponsor

The U.K. government has launched a new immigration route, the Scale-Up Worker visa. The route will allow the employer access to a cost- and time-effective means of hiring highly skilled foreign nationals, without necessarily committing to a long-term contract, and it will allow the employee the freedom to change employers without risking their immigration status in the U.K. This article will provide a brief explanation of how an organisation can become eligible to sponsor individuals/employees through this route.

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Statement of Changes, October 18, 2022 – Points of Interest

 The Home Office released its most recent “Statement of Changes” on 18 October 2022. Whilst there are no major, over-arching changes being introduced, as we have seen in previous versions of the statement, there are still a number of announcements that will be of interest and significance to those individuals it applies to.

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