The pandemic has prompted many organisations to adopt ‘hybrid’ work models. Seyfarth’s global Future of Work pulse survey in 2021 found that navigating remote and hybrid work was the number one concern that in-house legal and business leaders had coming out of the pandemic. There are a number of key reasons why ‘hybrid’ work is
The first time a global client asked me for a template employment diversity form, I didn’t know what they were after.
They wanted to track their workforce’s diversity attributes (asking every person about race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities, etc.) so that they could track performance on their broader diversity targets. This is typical practice…
It is widely proclaimed that we are in the midst of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (4IR). The leaps and bounds that are being made daily in information technology and biotechnology signal the end of homo sapiens or provide liberating freedom for the working masses, depending on which commentator’s view you believe.
In the last five years, with the development of information technology and mobile devices, the distinction between being “at work” and “off work” has been profoundly altered. Working time is no longer confined to being in an office and working days are both more intense and infinitely extendable, making monitoring working times even more complex.
Coupled with a global economy, many employees feel that they are permanently connected to their work, irrespective of time zones and local laws.
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Statutory holiday pay should include variable pay and allowances
The European Court of Justice has recently decided in the case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd (Case C-539/12) that an employee should receive “normal pay” during their 5 weeks of UK statutory annual leave. “Normal pay” is not limited to base pay, but includes…
Renewed focus on collective agreements
An increase in strikes in China, including recent campaigns at a number of international businesses has given new impetus to previous efforts to put in place a collective bargaining regime. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security released a notice that, by the end of 2015,…
The system of workforce regulation in Australia is comprehensive and detailed compared to some other countries. Often organisations commencing business in Australia are surprised by this and underestimate the time and cost of starting up.
Continue Reading 6 key issues in engaging a workforce in Australia