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- Poland - August 2019Poland: Random breathalyser tests on employees prohibited
On 27th June 2019, the Polish Personal Data Protection Office announced that employers were prohibited to perform random breathalyser tests on their employees.
- Poland - August 2019Poland: Upcoming amendments to Polish Labour Code
Important amendments to the Polish Labour Code are being made on 7th September 2019 that will affect both employers and employees.
- Poland - August 2019Poland: Tax relief on employees under the age of 26 as of 1 August 2019
As of the 1st August 2019, employees (Polish citizens and foreign nationals) under the age of 26 are no longer obliged to pay income tax
- UK - August 2019What is replacing the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas? Part Two: Innovator Visas
International applicants wanting to start businesses in the UK must use the new Start-up or Innovator visa categories since the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa has been consigned to history.
- UK - August 2019What is replacing the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas? Part One: Start-up Visas
As of March 2019, International applicants wanting to start or get involved in businesses in the UK must now use the new Start-up and Innovator categories as Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas have been consigned to history.
- Germany - August 2019Germany: New legal provisions to apply for A1 certificate
An A1 certificate for a posted employee can only be applied for electronically in Germany. An A1 form determines which social security legislation applies to the holder of the certificate.
- Czech Republic - August 2019Czech Republic: Dismissal protection during sickness period
A new law on electronic medical certificates could prevent employees wrongly claiming dismissal protections by obtaining doctor’s certificates after an alleged ‘sick period’
- France - August 2019France improves its attractiveness for inbound expatriates
Employees hired in France or posted to France from abroad may be exempt from contributing to French pension schemes due to France’s effort to transform economic growth and aid businesses.
- UK - July 2019Sending employees to the UK - six top tax tips
For those considering sending employees to the UK, there are several ways to reduce the employment costs with careful planning.
- China and Hong Kong - July 2019Employing 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.
- Netherlands - May 2019Dutch minimum wage applies to crew on ships with Dutch home harbour, Dutch state council rules
On 17 April 2019, the Dutch State Council (Raad van State) ruled that the Dutch Act on Minimum Wages applies to seafarers working on board of harbour tugboats (havensleepboten), provided their home harbour is in the Netherlands.
- UK - March 201910 Considerations for employers ahead of Brexit
Unless there is an agreement to extend the two-year Article 50 period, the UK will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019.
- UK - March 2019Business Immigration: Opportunities for Overseas Businesses and those wanting to bring in talent to the UK
The UK Government has signalled its intention to make all inward migration to the UK subject to the same Rules.
- Netherlands - March 2019Obligation to report posted employees as of 1 July 2019
The obligation to report any posted employees in the Netherlands will enter into force from 1 July 2019.
- Czech Republic - March 2019Changes impacting employment law in the Czech Republic in 2019
There have been two major changes to Czech Republic employment law proposed for 2019: an increase of the threshold for payment of health insurance, and the proposed amendment to the Opening Hours Act.
- France - March 2019France: A review of 2019’s new wage tax withholding system and its impact for foreign employers
On 1st January 2019, a new wage tax withholding system was implemented in France. This has meant employers are obliged to withhold personal income tax from their employees’ taxable salaries and pay it monthly to the French tax authorities.
- Poland - March 2019Poland: Automatic enrolment for retirement plans - employee capital plans came into force on 1 January 2019
The Employee Capital Plan (PPK), a long-term savings programme to give employees additional security in retirement, generally involves new obligations for employers. The programme, which came into force on 1 January 2019, will also incur additional costs that should be taken into consideration when planning budgets.
- UK - February 2019Immigration in the Brexit scenarios: What could happen?
In light of the UK Government’s recently published guidelines for EU citizens in the case of a no-deal Brexit, Senior Consultant at Abbiss Cadres Jonathan Martin takes a look at the possible options and how immigration may change under each outcome.
- China and Hong Kong - February 2019China: The New Individual Income Tax Law
China’s new Individual Income Tax Law (IIT) came into force as of 1 January 2019. This was passed in an effort to achieve a better income distribution, reduce the tax burden for taxpayers, as well as increasing the domestic consumption and to boost the economy.
- Poland - February 2019Poland: New rights to unionise for non-employees
As of 1 January 2019, a major amendment to the Polish Unions Act allows those working under non-employment arrangements such as civil law contracts or under self-employment are to unionise.