EMEA

[UK] Gloves come off HMRC furlough investigations in one week [UK] Gloves come off HMRC furlough investigations in one week

Only one week remains until Tuesday October 20, the end of the 90 day period for individuals and businesses to disclose incorrect...
14 Oct 2020

[Switzerland] World record £19 an hour minimum wage to be introduced [Switzerland] World record £19 an hour minimum wage to be introduced

Geneva is set to introduce the world's highest minimum hourly wage; a rate of 23 Swiss francs ($25, £19.38) per...
13 Oct 2020

[UK] Additional pension access charges could hit expats post-Brexit [UK] Additional pension access charges could hit expats post-Brexit

Pension provider PensionBee has warned expatriates that they could face additional charges and significant delays when accessing their retirement savings...
30 Sep 2020

APAC

[Hong Kong] Business leader deems minimum wage rise ‘inappropriate’ [Hong Kong] Business leader deems minimum wage rise ‘inappropriate’

Increasing Hong Kong's minimum wage would be inappropriate in a struggling economy, a prominent business leader said at the weekend,...
14 Oct 2020

[Indonesia] The omnibus law dilemma [Indonesia] The omnibus law dilemma

On October 8, the wave of protests from community groups, workers, academics, students and activists against the legalisation of the...
14 Oct 2020

[Indonesia] Unions threaten strike over proposed labour reforms [Indonesia] Unions threaten strike over proposed labour reforms

On September 28, Indonesian trade unions threatened to stage a national strike following the agreement by a parliamentary committee to...
02 Oct 2020

AFRICA

[Nigeria] Salary and promotion arrears in Kwara [Nigeria] Salary and promotion arrears in Kwara

On October 6, 2020, a blog based in Kwara published a screenshot of its prior reporting on a protest from...
14 Oct 2020

[Zambia] PAYE relief comes at an opportune time [Zambia] PAYE relief comes at an opportune time

Zambia’s Pay as You Earn (PAYE) threshold increase from K3,300 to K4,000 comes at an opportune time, when the need for...
01 Oct 2020

[South Africa] Can employers force home working employees to return? [South Africa] Can employers force home working employees to return?

At midnight on September 20 South Africa’s lockdown moved to Alert Level 1, following an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa....
23 Sep 2020

AMERICAS

[Montana] Hourly minimum wage will increase to $8.75 in 2021 [Montana] Hourly minimum wage will increase to $8.75 in 2021

Governor Steve Bullock has announced Montana’s hourly minimum wage will increase to $8.75 from January 1, 2021.
13 Oct 2020

[Jamaica] Ensure work from home arrangements are legally sound [Jamaica] Ensure work from home arrangements are legally sound

Employers in Jamaica who have adopted working-from-home arrangements for their employees are being urged to make sure their arrangements are...
30 Sep 2020

[California] New COVID-19 paid sick leave requirement passes [California] New COVID-19 paid sick leave requirement passes

On September 9, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1867 into law.
18 Sep 2020

MIDDLE EAST

[Israel] Women make up 70% of furloughed workers [Israel] Women make up 70% of furloughed workers

On September 25, Israel’s tightened lockdown went into effect affecting thousands of workers who found themselves furloughed for the second...
01 Oct 2020

[Qatar] How minimum wage and labour mobility law reform will impact contractors [Qatar] How minimum wage and labour mobility law reform will impact contractors

A new law providing a guaranteed minimum wage for workers in the private sector and easing the process for foreign...
16 Sep 2020

GLOBAL

[US] Google employees will continue to work remotely until at least July 2021 [US] Google employees will continue to work remotely until at least July 2021

Google intends to continue remote working for 200,000 of its full-time and contract employees until July 2021 at a minimum....
27 Jul 2020

CONTRIBUTED ARTICLES

[UK] Update on coronavirus support for employers [UK] Update on coronavirus support for employers

On October 9 the UK government announced an extension to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) due to start from November...
15 Oct 2020

Spotlight on Zimbabwe Spotlight on Zimbabwe

Officially known as the Republic of Zimbabwe, the country has a population of over 14 million people that speak 16...
18 Aug 2020

[Vietnam] Bac Giang: An Emerging Investment Destination [Vietnam] Bac Giang: An Emerging Investment Destination

With its growing gross regional domestic product (GRDP), income per capita, trade, and favourable location, the province has started to...
18 Aug 2020

COVID-19

[Covid-19] Update: Singapore [Covid-19] Update: Singapore

The Singapore Ministry of Finance announced that The Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) has been extended by up to 7 months,...
24 Aug 2020

Covid-19 Update: United Kingdom Covid-19 Update: United Kingdom

CJRS The Next Chapter - What you need to know 
22 Jun 2020

IKEA intends to repay furlough scheme payments IKEA intends to repay furlough scheme payments

Global home furnishing brand IKEA has said it intends to repay furlough scheme salaries paid by governments around the world....
16 Jun 2020

TAX CORNER

[Expat corner] HMRC ‘special treatment’ for expats stranded in UK by coronavirus [Expat corner] HMRC ‘special treatment’ for expats stranded in UK by coronavirus

HMRC said in a guidance note that it will treat as "exceptional circumstances" people quarantined or self-isolating in the UK,...
25 Mar 2020

[Expat corner] Budget 2020: attracting talent to the UK [Expat corner] Budget 2020: attracting talent to the UK

The UK has been through what feels like an interminable period of naval gazing. Now that the Brexit decision is...
10 Mar 2020

[Tax Corner] Brexit latest for employers [Tax Corner] Brexit latest for employers

The UK ceased to be a member of the European Union on January 31, 2020, and has entered a transitional...
17 Feb 2020