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- France - July 2017Posting workers to France? New duties for host companies
Readers may recall our report on the particular complexities of posting workers into France. Recent legislation imposes additional controls and duties on companies in France which use posted workers (a “Host Company”).
- European Union - July 2017Market Abuse Regulation one year in: key issues for employee share plans
The Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”) came into force throughout the EU one year ago, with significant impact for companies operating employee share plans. In this article we summarise the impact of the MAR on employee share plans, and some important points of clarification from its first year of operation.
- Germany - July 2017New disclosure rules to ensure equal pay in Germany
A new law (EntgTranspG) to ensure equal pay of male and female employees comes into effect in Germany this summer (the “Act”). This will require employers, upon request by an employee, to disclose anonymised salary details of other employees working in a comparable position, and how they are calculated.
- Netherlands - July 2017Intra Corporate Transfer Directive and international assignments: a Netherlands case study
In this article we examine the implementation of the Intra Corporate Transfer Directive (“ICT Directive”) in the Netherlands, as an illustration of its implications for employers in a particular jurisdiction, and to highlight some “knock-on” effects in other EU countries.
- European Union - July 2017Intra Corporate Transfer Directive and international assignments: a patchy picture across the EU
Many EU member states were due to implement the Intra Corporate Transfer-Directive (“ICT Directive”), into domestic immigration law late last year. To date, the implementation map remains patchy across the EU.
- France - July 2017France: Major labour law reforms continue
Labour law reform was a major topic of newly elected President Macron’s election platform, in order to tackle unemployment and inflexible rules on hiring and firing.
- International - July 2017Remote working across borders: opportunities and traps for international employers
The attractions of remote working are obvious but employers can easily overlook the legal and tax implications of employing remote workers in another country.
- Poland - July 2017Labour law reform in Poland: changes on the horizon for employers of seasonal and short-term staff
A draft act with significant implications for employers of short term and seasonal workers in Poland has been adopted by the Polish Parliament (“the Act”).
- UK - July 2017The moving target of UK immigration policy: practical steps for workforce planning
UK immigration policy is a constantly moving target, amid the cut and thrust of the UK’s negotiations to leave the EU.
- Netherlands - July 2017The Netherlands and China Sign Social Security Treaty
As we previously reported, a social security treaty between the Netherlands and China was signed in September 2016. It has now been announced that the treaty will become effective as of 1 September 2017.
- Italy - July 2017Italy tax changes: rolling out the red carpet for impatriates
Italy is rolling out the red carpet for international workers who acquire Italian tax residency, in a series of generous tax reforms. Employers of individuals incoming to Italy should familiarise themselves with the new rules, in case they impact upon the value of their incentive packages.
- European Union - July 2017Religious attire: practical tips for EU employers
Throughout the EU, disputes with employees who wear religious clothes or symbols, such as Islamic headscarves and Christian crosses, can be expensive and damaging for employers.
- China - July 2017Employing in China: five things you need to know
With outstanding GDP growth over the past twenty years, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is taking its place among the world’s top economies and attracting significant foreign investment.
- France - April 2017Newsflash: France Tax Alert
FRANCE TAX ALERT: Tax filing deadlines - May/June 2017
- Hong_Kong - April 2017Hong Kong Tax Changes for 2017-18
As Hong Kong tax filing deadlines approach in early May and June, it is important for management/HR and as well as international assignees to be aware of recent tax changes to profits, salaries and property taxes.
- Hong_Kong - April 2017Newsflash: Hong Kong Tax Alert
The Hong Kong tax filing season for the 2016/7 tax year has now commenced.
- International - April 2017The ePrivacy Regulation - simplifying cookie rules and catching new players across the EU: a preview from Finland
The European Commission is proposing a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications to replace the current ePrivacy Directive (the “Directive”). In Finland, the Directive is transposed into the Finnish Information Society Code, but the proposed legislative measure is a directly applicable EU regulation, meaning that a single set of rules would be applied across the whole EU.
- France - April 2017Posting workers to France? Five things to know before they go
Employers posting staff to France on a temporary basis from another EU country should take note of the Posted Workers Enforcement Directive (the “Enforcement Directive”) which creates particularly onerous new obligations for employers.
- Germany - April 2017Workforce planning in Germany: new rules for temporary agency work
On 1 April 2017, a new law governing temporary agency work came into effect in Germany (the “Act”). Businesses operating in Germany, whether suppliers or end users of agency workers, must take note of the new rules under the Act in their workforce planning, as they create significant new risks and restrictions in the use of agency workers.
- Poland - April 2017Three years to claim? Supreme Court in Poland opens door to claims for termination on discriminatory grounds
Employers in Poland should be aware of a recent landmark decision in the Supreme Court, which could allow employees to bring claims in respect of termination long after their employment has ended.