Employment Law Articles
Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide
discussing legal aspects related to Employment.
This guide offers a high level overview of the key issues including, whether share plans are common and can be offered by foreign parent companies, the structure and rules relating to the different types of share option plan, share purchase plan and phantom share plan, taxation, corporate governance guidelines, consultation duties, exchange control regulations, taxation of internationally mobile employees, prospectus requirements, and necessary regulatory consents and filings.
Tyson Foods Inc. has been penalized in the amount of $4 million after harmful chemicals were accidentally released in different facilities in four states. Due to the chemical exposure several employees were injured and one died. Additionally, risk management practices will need to be reevaluated.
In several cases the Federal Labor Court (BAG) should have decided that temporary workers could be entitled to a higher salary for their work.
Pregnant employees rights are protected with special care. There are six different leaves for them during pregnance.
The German Federal Labor Court (BAG) has decided that temporary workers could potentially receive more pay.
A recent study found that the federal government pays a significant amount of money, for Medicare fraud, to for-profit nursing homes.
Several banking giants, such as HSBC and Standard Chartered, are currently being investigated by US regulators for alleged failings in anti-money laundering (AML) compliance. All fingers point to lapses involving outsourcing units operating without adequate oversight.
Blowing the whistle on fraud that is committed at the expense of U.S. taxpayers is, generally, governed by the federal False Claims Act. The Act allows a private citizen to step into the shoes of and pursue a claim on behalf of the government.
Aggravated Assertion of Professional Expenses with Regard to a Lasting Place of Work Abroad - Germany
If an employee is posted to a subsidiary company abroad for years, there may be variations in the arrangement of his professional expenses.
The workers compensation process involves the Division of Workers’ Compensation, an insurance company, your employer, medical providers and potentially a liable third-party. It’s no wonder that injured workers find the process difficult to understand and hard to follow.
Although off-label prescription drugs are involved in many False Claims Act cases, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recent decision looks unlikely to have any major impact on whistleblower lawsuits.
There are risks to blowing the whistle on illegal, corrupt or fraudulent business practices, but there are also protections and incentives built into the process as well.
Most businesses want to classify their workers as contractors not employees. Contractors are cheaper and easier than employees. You don’t withhold taxes for contractors, nor do you pay benefits, workers compensation or unemployment insurance, nor must you comply with the wage & hour laws (including overtime) for contractors.
This article answers the question whether in the Congo labour law; the employer terminates the fixed term contract of an employee few months to the end of the contract. Will the employer pay for the remaining months that didn’t take place?
The False Claims Act was designed to provide an award to encourage potential whistleblowers to come forward and take steps to stop the waste of taxpayer dollars.
Employees can suffer all kinds of injuries while working. Vision impairment or loss can be one of the many different types of work injuries suffered. If you were injured at work, it is important to speak to a workers compensation lawyer about your legal rights and options.
The Federal Labor Court (BAG) appears to have decided in several cases that temporary workers might potentially be entitled to a higher wage for their work.
Employment Discrimination laws seek to prevent discrimination based on everything from race and sex, to religion and physical ability. A growing body of law also seeks to prevent employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Discriminatory practices include bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, compensation, retaliation, and various types of harassment.
Thailand is recovering from historic floods that inundated the country on a scale never seen before. Drastic taxation measures helped to boost the economy in 2012. Despite uncertainty about the evolution of the global economy, the Thai economy is expected to rebound sharply with GDP growing by 5.5% in 2012 and 5% in 2013 (according to The World Bank).
"With great power comes great responsibility." Glamorous as it may be, the post of a company director entails the accountability and undertaking at the company's behest. The article is a brief on who a "Director" is and the duties that comes with the name.
The basis for calculating the remuneration of the preliminary insolvency administrator is normally the value of the insolvency estate, yet there may be particularities pertaining to the calculation.
A survey showed that 7 out of 10 female employees were sexually harassed at their workplace. So, how safe are you at work?
Insurance companies will often deny benefits. They dispute shoulder injuries by blaming your problems on arthritis or that the injury did not result from a work related incident.
An employee has no right to a particular overall score from the preparation of an employer’s reference. Moreover, this right does not arise from the requirement for clarity in a reference.
The California Second District Court of Appeal’s decision in Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., No. B237761, will have a significant impact employment law and the way employers handle employees requiring pregnancy leave.
Retirement age limits stipulated in work agreements are not discriminatory and thus effective.
The Federal Labor Court (BAG) decided that deadlines in the field of labor law which are partly very tight, must be respected.
“At will employment” means that employers and employees have a wide range of freedoms in terminating their work relationship. "At will" states allow the firing of employees with good reason or for virtually no reason at all; however the termination must not violate the terms of a written contract, or break state or federal laws. Employees who are hired under these circumstances generally have little job security, and very few legal opportunities to fight for their job if they are fired.
Women have historically been subjected to legal discrimination based on their gender. With the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.A. § 2000e et seq.), women are able to use the law to fight sex discrimination in employment, education, domestic relations.
New York is leading the way on legislation to ensure women aren't treated as second-class workers.
Should an employee be posted to a subsidiary company abroad over a long period of time, this can potentially have an impact on the arrangement of his professional expenses.
In California, the responsibility of school employees to report suspicion of child abuse is not only a component of a person’s moral compass, it’s the law. Communities rely on places like institutions of education to provide an element of safety for children, and teachers and administrators are assumed to uphold that expectation.
Employees can suffer all kinds of injuries while working. If you were injured at work, it is important to speak to a workers compensation lawyer about your legal rights and options.
If an employer calculates the size of the business in order to find out whether the Employment Protection Act (Kündigungsschutzgesetz (KSchG)) is applicable, then temporary workers have to be potentially taken into consideration.
The recent increase in maternity leave has created strong views, unsurprisingly divided into two broad categories: those who insist that the increase of the maternity leave to 18 weeks was essential and inevitable, and those who feel that the extended maternity leave will prove to be too much of a financial burden for the employer.
Temporary Workers to Be Taken into Consideration for Application of the Employment Protection Act - Germany
Temporary workers can be taken into consideration in determining the application of the Employment Protection Act (Kündigungsschutzgesetz (KSchG)) when the employer calculates the size of the business in order to find out whether the KSchG is applicable.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has much to say about employees classified as “executives” and whether or not they are entitled to compensation for overtime hours.
It has again emerged from the decisions of the Federal Labor Court (BAG) that deadlines in the field of labor law which are partly very tight must be respected.
Missouri law requires most employers to carry insurance, which pays for medical treatment and lost time benefits for employees who are injured on the job. The law requires prompt payment of benefits at no cost to you if you sustain a work-related injury covered under the law.
Posting Workers Abroad Is Likely to Make Maintaining a Residence in the Home Country Difficult - Germany
Posting a worker for years to a subsidiary company abroad can spell changes to the arrangement of his professional expenses.
Labor dispatching is a common method used by foreign invested enterprises in China to employ workers through labor dispatch agencies (“Agencies”) e.g. FESCO or CIIC.
Surveillance measures carried out by an executive compliance worker with respect to a co-worker can potentially lead to the former’s dismissal.
This brief paper is designed to provide an up to date answer to the increasing demand from many sources for information in English concerning the Labor Law of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its discusses various issues including hiring Expatriates workers, work permit, visa, Employment contracts, dismissal, leave, etc… in the labor Law of the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]
By Grey Law
In regards to overtime hours for employees, the United States Department of Labor in conjunction with the Fair Labor Standards Act have created stringent laws to protect workers throughout the nation, as well as enormous penalties for employers who don't abide by the regulations.
The mutual trust between employer and employee can be strongly disturbed by a secret audio recording of the employee during a personnel talk.
In September 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown enacted a number of laws relating to employment law. It is important that employers are familiar with the changes in order to ensure compliance. The following list includes that changes made which, unless stated otherwise, will go into effect January 1, 2013.
Federal Worker Claiming Employer Failed to Make a Reasonable Accommodation Must Have Requested One, Case Finds
The failure of an employer to make a reasonable accommodation is a form of prohibited discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act.
What are the trends going to be for personnel management in the years to come? From an employment law point of view, how will companies and employees relate to each other in these changing times?
Racial discrimination, whether people like it or not, is part of the labor sector’s bad side. Workplace discrimination based on a person’s race is not uncommon in many working environments in the United States.
Some federal employees may view Federal Disability Retirement with trepidation. These remain tough economic times and there are understandable concerns that you won’t be able to make up your former income after retirement.
The realms of employment and labor in the State of California are not without their common issues, such as discrimination, harassment, and anything that demonstrates unfair treatment to employees. Fortunately for them, they are able to fight for their rights as workers by seeking protection from the state’s employment and labor laws.
By Grey Law
In 2009 there were almost 12,700 sexual harassment complaints filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Sixteen percent came from men. Even though the total amount of sexual harassment is consistently on the decline, the number of complaints from men have increased over the years.
Obesity or morbid obesity may qualify you for FERS or CSRS disability retirement through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Maryland employment law attorney explains the anatomy of a non-compete agreement.
Defense Telecommunications Operator Loses Her Discrimination Claim over Denial of Reasonable Accommodation
The duty to provide reasonable accommodation does not apply to an employee who is unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job, according to a recent EEOC ruling.
In general, the answer is “no.” If you want to make a deposit for post-1956 military service such that credit for your military service will be reflected in your retirement annuity, you must complete OPM Form 1515: “Military Service Deposit Election” and submit this form with your retirement application to OPM. You will NOT be allowed to make any such deposits once your retirement benefits are approved.
By MMLC Group
This article provides a summary of the most important laws in China governing the relationship between an employer and an employee. The discussions apply to wholly foreign-owned entities, local domestically owned entities, as well as the employment of foreigners and locals.
Times are getting tougher by the day. As it is, people with disabilities are finding it hard to survive on a daily basis. Because of their disabilities, they are forced to give up their jobs.
United States employers will be faced with a number of new obligations as of January 1, 2013
Severance payments on a release or non-compete must comply with Section 409A tax rules by December 31, 2012.
Why light duty might not always be a reasonable accommodation for federal disability purposes.
Why the Accommodations Issue is Unlikely to Pose a Problem If You Are Filing for Federal Disability Retirement Benefits
The government has been consistently aggressive in coming up with measure to help lessen, if not eradicate, sexual harassment cases especially in the workplace. As it is, there have been various labor laws that prohibit such lewd acts but a great number of people are still falling victims to such acts.
Filing a Jones Act claim doesn’t necessitate an accident report or a recorded statement. If you’ve been injured at sea, a Gulf Coast maritime attorney can review your case.
Wrongful termination is among the most alarming issues in the employment industry in California. This employment issue has been affecting many employees in the state because it allows ‘at-will’ employment.
What your legal rights are as an injured longshoreman? You may be entitled to benefits covered under the LHWCA.
Whether it is fraud in Medicare or Medicaid, failing to pay Customs duty, defrauding the government in defense contracts or any other major fraud against the government, it is the taxpayers who suffer. Birkenfeld, an ex-con, stands as one example that anyone can become a whistleblower but he has garnered so much attention because he is so incredibly unusual. Most whistleblowers are good and successful citizens who discover fraud and are horrified by that discovery.
Workplace discrimination has been an ongoing issue in the country today. While employers are covered by numerous federal (and to some extent, state) employment laws, some of them don’t actually follow such laws. In fact, discrimination cases continue to rise with each passing day.
Malta’s position within the financial services, gaming and aviation sectors, is further bolstered by the newly introduced 15% flat tax rate on; income derived from employment in Malta, by persons not domiciled in Malta and working in either of the ‘eligible offices’ as defined by the HQP Rules. With a minimum annual tax payable of € 11,250, equating to a 15% tax rate being applied to an income of € 75,000, tax planning has become a lot simpler.
A major development in Hungarian immigration policy affecting ’investor residency’ is anticipated imminently. On 27th October, 2012 the ruling party of Hungary submitted a Bill to Parliament, which would offer permanent Hungarian residency under preferential conditions for non-EU national investors willing to buy at least €250,000 of government bonds. The Bill is currently under consideration and is expected to become law very soon.
Crackdown On Workers Compensation Fraud Cases Punishes Business Owners Without Workers Compensation Insurance: Two recent cases where business owners fail to maintain workers compensation insurance are showing that law officials will not stand for businesses that commit workers' compensation fraud and violate state law.
Kazakhstan, like many other countries, has an established permit procedure for employing foreign workers. In this case, obtaining a permit for engagement of foreign workers is the responsibility of an employer. In practice employers frequently commit violations when engaging foreign workers owing to incomplete knowledge of the appropriate procedures.
The year 2013 is fast approaching. That being said, a lot of new changes and additions to the California employment and labor laws are bound to happen. Consequently, employers and employees in the state will surely be impacted by some of the provisions to existing laws, as well as new legislations created out of necessity for the betterment of the employment sector.
New Jersey federal and state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, in addition to a federal court in New York, have issued a number of opinions regarding products liability and related issues since the beginning of 2011. Below is a synopsis of some of the more interesting and important of those decisions.
By Zorlu Law
Examining Contracts Arising Under the Commercial Credit Transaction (Letter Of Credit) Commercial credits are most commonly used in the international transactions areas. Its main future is that; it gives security both the exporter (seller) and the importer (buyer). The Seller knows that, he will get paid if he completes his duty properly. The buyer, on the other hand, can ensure to part his money before the goods are received.
• Adjustments made in labor legislation at the end of 2011 • Which legislative initiatives are to be implemented in 2012? - At the end of 2011 we witnessed the introduction of several new legislative amendments: several of these amendments to federal law were in the area of labor relations and social insurance.
By Jaburg Wilk
Is being overweight a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992? According to a recent decision of the Montana Supreme Court and similar decisions in the federal courts, it is, or at least can be. Whether you are an employee or employer, there is no easy or safe shortcut to managing your legal rights and liabilities without the advice of competent employment law counsel.
The recent media blitz in respect of precarious employment brought about the introduction of Legal Notice 44 of 2012 entitled Employment Status National Standard Order. However, neither the Legal Notice nor any other local legislation provides for a definition of precarious work. Precarious work is not formally defined in any legislation, but is associated with atypical work, low paid work and illegal work practices.
By Zorlu Law
Formation of the contract under the Vienna Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 1980 (CISG) in comparison with Turkish Code of Obligations. 1 – General - The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) was signed in Vienna on 11th April 1980 by the United Nations and entered into force on 1st January 1988.
Several current judgments of the German Federal Labor Court show that there is no room for hesitation when it comes to questions pertaining to labor law. In the recent past, the court explained that though vacation entitlements accrue from long standing employment contracts, that these claims however, expire 15 months after the end of the holiday year. In other proceedings, it was made clear that a 2 months deadline has to be kept in order to assert the compensation claims for discrimination.
In recent years, the Singapore Law Courts have come down hard on companies who hire “temps” or freelance contractors as a means to avoid paying employee benefits. The Courts’ may not agree that your hired hand is not an “employee” but a “freelance contractor”. Read this article to find out the difference between an employee and a freelance contractor.
Have you ever considered whether or not your business could continue without you or your key employees? “Keyman Insurance” is an insurance policy designed to financially protect a business from the effects of prolonged illness or death of important employees of a business. Read this article to find out how your business can benefit from keyman insurance.
In the county of Palm Beach, a class action lawsuit has brought to the surface the injustice of Walmart Stores, which are said to be cutting on women’s pay and opportunity for promotion in comparison to men. The lawsuit involves 11 Florida women, including one each from Palm Beach and Broward counties seeking compensation and a court order telling Walmart to end what they are calling ‘gender discrimination.’
Confused about work injuries? A Workers' Comp attorney may be able to help if your claim was denied. If you have concerns about the way your Workers' Compensation claim is being handled, seek legal counsel. - What is Workers' Compensation? When an employee is injured at work, whether or not the worker was at fault, benefits may be available.
Discrimination in the work place is often a high profile and issue, whether relating to sex, race, religion, disability or age. And it’s the issue of age and the potential for discrimination and unfairness in relation to redundancy and retirement that has recently attracted judicial attention. Whether you are an employee or an employer - if you have concerns relating to age discrimination in the workplace, contact our experience employment lawyers at Parris Whittaker for prompt advice.
Possible Types of Injuries Suffered at Work - One possible type of injury is that involving the back and/or neck. This can be the result of slipping, tripping or falling. Back and neck injuries may also be a result of lifting and carrying heavy objects, or other causes.
This Q&A provides an analysis in key areas of law and policy for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners and clients in respect of Corporate Immigration in Mozambique. This article is reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Corporate Immigration 2013, (published in August 2012; contributing editor: Julia Onslow-Cole of PwC Legal).
According to California labor law, the IRS has developed a checklist to distinguish between an independent contractor vs. full time. Understand this list to avoid any conflict between employee or contractor distinctions.
Private employers may generally terminate or deny employment unless they discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, alienage, age, sex, or disability. The FEHA is the California law that prohibits such employment discrimination. Federal laws define protected disability differently than the FEHA. In a California state court, an obese employee who files a disability claim must prove that their obesity resulted from a physiological condition.
By VB Attorneys
Studies have found that lower work-family stress can lead to more productive workers and a lowered risk of on the job accidents. According to new data, reducing workplace injury risks could be as simple as encouraging your workers to develop a better balance between work and their personal lives. The study by the National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health found that workers, who spend more time on their personal lives, could actually have a reduced risk of workplace accidents.
Certification of employment conditions in the workplace is regulated by the Procedures to carry out certification of employment conditions in the workplace approved by Order of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation from 26.04.2011 № 342n.
According to Russian Civil and Housing Legislation, renting in Russia is made by agreement; the first party (landlord) agrees to provide to the second party (lessee) housing for rent. Under article 2 of the civil code (CC RF) and article 4 of the housing code of Russia (HC RF) foreign citizens are obligated to follow established rules governing civil and housing legislation, except as otherwise provided by federal law.
Recently there have been more frequent violations of labor rights committed by employers of not only Russian workers, but of foreign citizens working in Russia as well. In this article we want to address the issue and the manner by which Russian legislation provides foreign citizens with some measure of protection from an employer violating his or her labor rights.
Some employers who invite foreign employees to work as the heads of representative offices of foreign legal entities, as well as for other positions, mistakenly believe that they are not required to obtain work permits.
We see you rolling your eyes. “Oh, go figure, 2 employment attorneys preaching about the ‘dangers’ of not being represented by an employment law firm. Shiver me timbers!” Okay, so that last part got a bit pirate-y, but all we ask is that you please hold your presumptions about what we’re going to say here and why, at least until you’ve finished reading this. Now, BRING ON THE PULPIT!
Under a “no-fault” attendance policy, an employee accrues one point per absence, regardless of the reason for the absence. After an employee accumulates a pre-designated number of absences, the employee is usually subject to increasing levels of discipline (a “progressive disciplinary policy”), ending with termination.
Chinese labor law has been revised due to the China's transition from a planed economy to a market economy. The new labor contract law has been coming into effect since January 1st, 2008. Part I - Employee’s Termination - In general, an employer and employee may dissolve the labor contract if they so agree upon negotiations and specifically, an employee may dissolve the labor contract for below situations:
Avoiding Legal Pitfalls When Firing Managers and business owners must take care that they do not violate employees' rights when terminating their employment.
Introduction Your rights as an employee are protected by federal, state and local laws. From hiring to firing, these laws provide numerous protections. Your employment rights arise from various sources, including legislation, court decisions, employment agreements, union contracts, company hanoks, and civil service rules.