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CELIA Alliance Newsletter, December 2018

CELIA is an alliance of international law and professional services firms offering a broad array of expertise dedicated to helping international organisations make the most of their people. With established relationships around the globe Alliance members can assist wherever your people are situated.

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Welcome to the December issue of the CELIA Alliance newsletter.

The CELIA newsletter offers insightful and practical updates to readers with an international perspective. It highlights key law, tax, and immigration developments across the Alliance network, brought to you by the expertise of our members.


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Netherlands - Tax / Social Security

Dutch Budget 2018 - other tax and social security proposals

The Dutch Government has announced its plans for the tax year 2019 and future years. We examine the issues most relevant to Dutch employers and their employees.

Czech Republic

Czech Rebublic - Compensation

Extensive changes impacting employment law in the Czech Republic in 2019

Employers will want to take note of proposed changes to sick leave provisions and extensive amendments of the Czech Labour Code.

China & Hong Kong

China & Hong Kong - Tax / Social Security

Significant changes to the elimination of double taxation in Hong Kong

For the 2018/19 tax year ending 31 March 2019 there are significant changes to claiming relief from double taxation for salaried tax payers.

China & Hong Kong

China & Hong Kong - Tax / Social Security

Proposed changes to Chinese income tax laws have a significant impact on both foreign and local employees

A draft amendment on the PRC Individual Income Tax (“IIT”) Law has been released recently for public consultation. The main proposed changes include...


Germany - Tax / Social Security

New Social Security Contributions

The German Federal Cabinet has published the draft regulation confirming social security contributions for 2019. As provided for in the German Code of Social Law, important social security contribution ceilings are adjusted according to the rise in incomes in the year before last (2017).


France - Immigration

Changes to the laws governing posted workers in France

A new law passed in September 2018 made some significant changes to the laws governing the registration and reporting of the international posting of workers in France.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Immigration

UK Budget - key takeaways for HR practitioners

On 29 October 2018, the UK chancellor delivered the 2018 budget. This article provides an overview of the key developments relevant to hr practitioners.


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UK CELIA member, Abbiss Cadres, listed in The Times Best Law Firms 2019

UK CELIA Alliance co-founding member Abbiss Cadres has been identified by The Times as one of the top 200 law firms in England and Wales. The Times notes that Abbiss Cadres is the only multidisciplinary practice of its type in the UK, covering all aspects of the employment relationship, from selection and hiring to workplace policy and performance, designing incentives and ownership structures, providing pensions law advice, global talent mobility, and restructuring and collective consultation.


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CELIA Alliance members who have contributed to this newsletter are:
Abbiss Cadres
PRK Partners
Loyens & Loeff
RsA Asia
Keller Menz
Fidere Avocats

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