EMEA

[Czech Republic] Debt forgiveness period a helping hand for expats [Czech Republic] Debt forgiveness period a helping hand for expats

The fundamental condition for eligibility for the scheme is that the debt in question is to a public institution.
25 Nov 2021

[UK] Early Christmas paydays may cost workers their benefits [UK] Early Christmas paydays may cost workers their benefits

a mistake on the dates on the electronic submissions employers make to HMRC could hit workers receiving Universal Credit, hard.
24 Nov 2021

[Balearics] 130,000+ workers earned just €475 per month in 2020 [Balearics] 130,000+ workers earned just €475 per month in 2020

The numbers represent almost 30 per cent of workers last year. Their annual salaries failed to exceed 50 per cent of...
23 Nov 2021

APAC

[Australia] Payroll officer jailed for filing 29 fake returns [Australia] Payroll officer jailed for filing 29 fake returns

The ATO says Mr Rasel filed 29 fake tax returns, fraudulently earning $64,541 from the scheme.
22 Nov 2021

[Australia] Pay chaos after major payroll company hacked [Australia] Pay chaos after major payroll company hacked

The cyber attack on Frontier Software left 330 employers without automated payroll this week after ransomware encrypted the company’s systems.
18 Nov 2021

[New Zealand] Easing of quarantine restrictions for returning expats [New Zealand] Easing of quarantine restrictions for returning expats

An ongoing outbreak of the Delta variant has forced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to abandon her former world-leading elimination strategy...
15 Nov 2021

AFRICA

[Kenya] MPs push to put health volunteers on state payroll [Kenya] MPs push to put health volunteers on state payroll

A Bill before the House recognises the volunteers as workers with a right to pay, the Murang'a Woman Representative said.
25 Nov 2021

[Ghana] Rescues reveal child labour and labour abuses endemic on Volta Lake [Ghana] Rescues reveal child labour and labour abuses endemic on Volta Lake

From 2017 to 2020, there were 1,917 victims of human trafficking and labour cases recorded.
22 Nov 2021

[Nigeria] Court orders end to freeze of Benue State salary accounts [Nigeria] Court orders end to freeze of Benue State salary accounts

On October 26, the court made an interim order, freezing all bank accounts of the Benue State government.
08 Nov 2021

AMERICAS

[Brazil] New minimum wage for 2022 will be record-breaker [Brazil] New minimum wage for 2022 will be record-breaker

The indicator that the government uses to calculate the progress of inflation is the INPC (National Consumer Price Index).
25 Nov 2021

[US] Federal contractor minimum wage rises to $15 in January [US] Federal contractor minimum wage rises to $15 in January

The executive order will also mean an end to the tipped minimum wage for federal contractors by 2024, it is...
24 Nov 2021

[Canada] Wage Earner Protection Program changes in effect [Canada] Wage Earner Protection Program changes in effect

Specifically, the government has removed the standard 6.82 per cent deduction previously applied to all WEPP payments.
23 Nov 2021

MIDDLE EAST

[UAE] Important reforms in new labour law [UAE] Important reforms in new labour law

The new Labor Law states that an employment contract must be for a specified term of no longer than three...
24 Nov 2021

[Kuwait] 100 expatriates and their families asked to leave [Kuwait] 100 expatriates and their families asked to leave

The State Security Authority has added the names of the expats to the black list of people who are prevented...
18 Nov 2021

[Saudi Arabia] First group of expatriates granted citizenship [Saudi Arabia] First group of expatriates granted citizenship

Foreigners in Saudi Arabia usually have renewable visas that are valid for only a few years and linked to employment.
16 Nov 2021

GLOBAL

[Global] Employers must stop asking women their salary history [Global] Employers must stop asking women their salary history

The Fawcett Society's found that 61 per cent of women feel less confident about negotiating a higher salary after they've...
23 Nov 2021

[Global] 75-hour working week for employees of Shein suppliers [Global] 75-hour working week for employees of Shein suppliers

A number of staff across six sites in Guangzhou were discovered to be working 75-hour weeks in a report by the Swiss...
16 Nov 2021

The Global Payroll Awards 2021 The Global Payroll Awards 2021

We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and helped to make the atmosphere so vibrant...
12 Nov 2021

TAX CORNER

Reducing PAYE for globally mobile employees: what you need to know Reducing PAYE for globally mobile employees: what you need to know

For many in HR and payroll, it can sometimes prove difficult to work out when PAYE can be reduced and...
29 Nov 2021

Managing double tax via payroll: some top tips Managing double tax via payroll: some top tips

Whilst having a mechanism for mitigating double tax is very useful, there are still two key potential problems in this...
17 Nov 2021

Post-Brexit UK/Switzerland social security agreement: key information Post-Brexit UK/Switzerland social security agreement: key information

The UK has 19 social security agreements with other countries (including the new agreement with Switzerland), as well as an...
08 Nov 2021