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International Employment Law Map
By Paul Hastings Professional
MAPPING THE TRENDS: THE GLOBAL EMPLOYER UPDATE 2020
Stay-ahead of the curve with the must-know list of regional key employment law developments
Successfully navigating the complex and dynamic international employment landscape is more challenging than ever in today’s global marketplace. The latest edition of our guide, “Mapping the Trends: The Global Employer Update 2020,” provides succinct updates on major employment law developments across 74 jurisdictions to help guide our clients manage their global workforces. After all, local realities impact global strategies.
Top Three Trends to Follow
We encourage you to explore our guide to learn more about how these trends are playing out across the 74 jurisdictions covered in this edition. To discuss any of these updates and how they may impact your company, please contact me or another member of our International Employment practice.
Suzanne Horne, Partner
Kirsty Devine, Associate
Aashna Parekh, Associate
With special thanks to the many local counsel for their invaluable contributions to this survey.
- Measures to address the impact of COVID-19
The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has had a significant impact on the global labor market and transformed the world of work. Many countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Kyrgyz Republic, Panama, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine have reevaluated existing working practices and have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, laws to regulate remote working. Other countries, such as Austria, South Korea, Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan have introduced regulations supporting retention of employees (e.g., short-time working and laws to prevent employers from making reductions in force or economic dismissals) and/or Government grants, loans and subsidies in order to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will inevitably be new challenges and practical issues associated with these changes that will continue to impact global employers in the year ahead and beyond.
- #MeToo Movement
The #MeToo movement continues to have a global impact and has achieved widespread progress on an international scale in 2020. It has shone a light on sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, most recently bringing changes in laws and approach in South Korea, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and the United States. As a result of these changes, many employers are required take active steps to implement clear policies, conduct investigations, provide training, improve procedures for the handling of complaints and carefully consider the use of confidentiality clauses and non-disclosure agreements. The fact that the #MeToo movement is still relevant several years after it first erupted shows that the movement is resilient and that its impact will likely still be felt for years to come.
- Health and Safety in the workplace
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced employers and employees to adopt a new way of working and has highlighted the need for employers to help support employees to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. There is undeniably now a much stronger focus on health and safety in the workplace and several countries, including Ghana, Indonesia, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Peru, Russia and South Africa have implemented new laws, regulations and/or measures to help prevent and control hazards in the workplace and curb the spread of the virus. We anticipate that these broader health and safety considerations together with existing wellbeing initiatives will continue to be at the forefront of employers’ minds for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.