Austria has made two significant changes with regards to parental leave.
Quebec’s government has announced plans to gradually raise the minimum wage until it reaches $15 per hour.
The UK government is changing how childcare vouchers work and has announced that, from early 2017, new childcare voucher schemes through private vendors can no longer be set up.
On July 3, 2016 Russia passed a law (Federal Law 272-FZ) which introduces a number of key changes relating to employment payments. The changes will be effective October 3rd.
Over 1.3 million employees receive luncheon vouchers in Belgium. In an attempt modernize the benefit, the paper based vouchers have been fully replaced with an electronic pass.
Effective October 1st, employee compensation for non-patented inventions will be structured the same way as patented inventions and the amount of the statutory level of compensation has increased from 20% to 50% of the net profit.
Following a recent trial of about 10,000 workers, the French government has approved a cycle to work scheme where an employer will be required to compensate an employee for their journey to and from work.
Irish employees can now accrue annual leave during period-of-sickness absence. Any accrual can be carried forward for a maximum period of 15 months after the year it was earned in circumstances where the employee has not been able to use it.
In India, more employees will benefit from annual bonuses, end-of-service gratuity payments and longer maternity leave periods.
Employees in receipt of a company car or car allowance are generally compensated for business journeys using ‘fuel only’ rates, which are regularly updated by the UK tax authorities. The latest rates were issued on June 1, 2015.
The overriding rule is that fares paid for an employee to get to and from work (i.e., commuting to and from the workplace and residence) are non-deductible living expenses.
The French National Assembly has approved an amendment to a draft law which would ensure psychological illnesses would be recognized as an occupational disease.