31 March 2020
COVID-19: PEOPLE: Latest developments in employment law (Spain)
On 28 March, Spain’s Official State Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado) published Royal Decree-law 9/2020, of 27 March, which adopts a series of supplementary measures in employment matters to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (“ RDL 9/2020 ”). Royal Decree-law 10/2020, which regulates recoverable...
27 March 2020
COVID-19: People: Employment Issues - Key Developments and Resources (United States)
As COVID-19 continues its spread across the United States, federal, state, and local governments are taking emergency measures on a daily basis to respond to the pandemic. To keep our clients updated on these developments, below we have provided key considerations, developments, and resources in...
15 December 2017
Whistleblower reform continues with draft legislation introduced
On 7 December 2017, the Australian Government took a further step towards whistleblower reform by introducing the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017 into the Senate ( Whistleblower Bill ).
26 October 2017
"Lightening the load" – is retrospective levelling-down of pension benefits a Safe Way to equalise?
Benefit equalisation might just be about to take a much-needed haircut. In its recent decision in Safeway the Court of Appeal has opened up a new ‘Barber Window of opportunity’ by questioning the long-established principle that benefits cannot be levelled-down retrospectively in order to align male...
28 September 2017
IBM v Dalgleish says “reasonable expectations” are just that – but beware the Consultation Regulations, the new ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’
IBM’s emphatic win in the Court of Appeal has been widely acclaimed as a victory for employers seeking to manage their pension liabilities – and rightly so. But could the judgment have a sting in its tail?
22 September 2017
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO RULES ON AGREED COLLECTIVE TERMINATIONS (rupture conventionnelle collective)
ORDONNANCE ON THE PREDICABILITY OF WORKING RELATIONS AND SECURING THESE WORKING RELATIONS This briefing summarises the Macron reforms in relation to the introduction of a new codified right to make collective terminations by agreement (outside of a social plan). This is a change from the current...
21 September 2017
'ORDONNANCE' ON THE PREDICABILITY OF WORKING RELATIONS AND SECURING THESE WORKING RELATIONS: IMPORTANT CHANGES TO RULES ON REDUNDANCIES
This briefing summarises the Macron reforms in relation to the simplification of redundancy processes: Limiting the economic difficulties test to the business sector in France exclusively Defining what is a business sector Reducing the redeployment obligations – limiting these to France For...
07 September 2017
THE LOI TRAVAIL – FUNDAMENTAL LABOUR LAW REFORMS IN FRANCE MOVING FRENCH LABOUR LAW TOWARDS THE REALITIES OF THE MODERN MARKET? - OVERVIEW OF THE KEY MEASURES
One of Emmanuel Macron's key campaign promises was the reform of laws relating to employees, in order to help French companies respond in a more flexible manner to the challenges they are facing and become more competitive in the global market.
07 September 2017
THE LOI TRAVAIL – FUNDAMENTAL LABOUR LAW REFORMS IN FRANCE MOVING FRENCH LABOUR LAW TOWARDS THE REALITIES OF THE MODERN MARKET? - CAPS ON TRIBUNAL DAMAGES
This is the first of our detailed briefings in relation to the Macron labour law reforms and will cover the subject of caps on tribunal damages.
21 June 2017
South African mining industry blindsided by Mining Charter III
Much controversy has surrounded the Reviewed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining Industry (“ Mining Charter III ”). Since a draft was published for public comment in April last year questions have arisen as to the lack of meaningful consultation by the...
24 June 2016
English court makes landmark corporate modern slavery civil order
In a landmark ruling, the English Court has for the first time, awarded damages against a company in relation to modern slavery, broadening the scope of a company’s responsibility and putting business and human rights firmly on the risk map for modern businesses.
29 June 2022
Trust Companies see cyber security as key business risk
Our survey confirms that trust companies continue to see cyber security as a key business risk. This is in line with companies in other areas: in IBM's 25 th edition of "The CEO Study", drawn from interviews with 3,000 CEOs worldwide, CEOs ranked cyber risk as their greatest organisational...
27 June 2022
Australia’s new employee stock ownership plan disclosure exemptions present a stark choice
New reforms designed to expand access to employee equity and reduce red tape by removing disclosure and other regulatory requirements will come into force in October – but the reality is they will present companies with a stark choice when offering equity in Australia to employees.
23 June 2022
Trust Companies Survey 2022: Beneficiary Disputes
Respondents continue to identify Beneficiary Disputes (ie disputes between the trustee and one or more of the beneficiaries) as a significant challenge. However, trustees' primary concerns remain in other areas, with Beneficiary Disputes ranking as the sixth most pressing issue. In this article, we...
16 June 2022
Trust companies survey 2022: The data privacy angle
Whilst data privacy and security risks remain on the risk radar for trust companies, this year's trust companies survey focussed on what were the most challenging privacy risks for companies. We asked the same question when researching the last edition of the survey, when the results showed that...
15 June 2022
Creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission: What does it mean for Australian business?
Promised by the new Labor government to be “powerful, transparent and independent” with extraordinarily wide powers granted to royal commissions, what impact will the federal Anti-Corruption Commission have on business?
15 June 2022
Quadrant Chambers Annual Energy Disputes Event - Energy Disputes in Volatile Times
The Quadrant Chambers Annual Energy Disputes Event returns to an in person event! Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be partnering with Quadrant Chambers in hosting their 2022 event at our London offices.