Employers ‘of record’ – Are they allowed? What are the risks?

If you need to employ someone in a country in which your business has no base, there could be all sorts of legal and administrative complications. For example, tax and social security issues for the employee and a risk that your business will be considered tax resident in the new country – exposing you to an obligation to pay corporation tax. To circumvent these risks,…

Frontier workers and telework in the EU: new challenges ahead

How does telework affect what employers in the EU need to take into account when they employ frontier workers?  The COVID-19 crisis provided the world of work with a lot of new challenges. As the post-COVID era is hopefully near, employers will need to anticipate new challenges ahead. One challenge that employers will probably be confronted with is the impact of more telework on the…

Minimum wage in the EU: a new milestone reached

The European Parliament and Council negotiators have agreed on rules to set adequate minimum wages in EU member countries. The new rules will apply to all EU workers who have an employment contract or who are in an employment relationship. The European Union has reached an agreement on the minimum wage. This was officially announced on 7 June 2022 via the the Social Affairs Committee…

LGBTQ employment protection in Turkey: what is the law?

What protection do LGBTQ individuals have against workplace discrimination in Turkey? Currently, the issue of LGBTQ rights is a topic that is finding its place on the agenda in Turkey. It is an area to which employers should pay attention, while ensuring they fulfil their legal obligations. Some of the key issues under Turkish law are explained below. Under the Turkish Constitution and Turkish Labour…

AI that detects your emotions: issues for employment?

The development of Empathetic AI, which purports to be able to detect human emotions, raises significant questions for employment, particularly around data privacy and potential bias. Smile! You’re on camera! And we are detecting your heart rate, pupil dilation, blood pressure, temperature, and other physiognomic measurements… Empathic Artificial Intelligence is a sub-group of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems which makes use of empathic technology: algorithms that…

What are the new green reporting duties in France?

The French Climate Law introduced new environmental reporting obligations for companies. Now, a recent decree has set out details of these obligations. In France, in companies with at least 50 employees, the employer must provide the staff representatives (the ‘Social and Economic Committee’) with an economic and social database, which gathers all the information necessary for the numerous consultations and recurrent information requirements with regard…

Using ‘mystery calls’ to detect discrimination in recruitment in Belgium

A recent change in the law in Belgium lowers the threshold for labour inspectors to use ‘mystery calls’ to test for discrimination in recruitment. Our annual survey of HR trends showed that one in five companies have been faced with an informal or formal discrimination complaint, mainly on the grounds of apparent race or ethnic origin. Discrimination in recruitment still seems to be difficult to…

What environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues should HR focus on? (Webinar)

In this Ius Laboris webinar lawyers from our international ‘expert groups’ discuss what’s on the horizon for businesses in terms of ESG and what HR practices should focus their attention on next. This webinar is Part I of a two-part webinar on ESG. The hosts are: Sophie Maes (Belgium), Stefano de Luca Tamajo (Italy), Alexander Ulrich (Germany), Emanuela Nespoli (Italy). You can watch it now:

New protection against hair discrimination in Illinois

Illinois is set to join 13 other US states in introducing protection against discrimination based on hair styles and texture, particularly those associated with Black natural hair. On 9 April 2022, the Illinois Senate passed House Amendment 1 to SB 3616, joining the Illinois House, in unanimously passing legislation referred to as the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act. It…

Paid parental bereavement leave introduced in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland now provides two weeks‘ paid bereavement leave for working parents who lose a child under the age of 18. The new right came into force on 6 April 2022, meaning parental bereavement leave rights are now harmonised across the UK. Background to new parental bereavement law The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 was enacted in March 2022. The Act has now…