Employment and Labor Law

Before it had a chance to come into full effect, the South Australian government has announced that it is scrapping the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017.

Emily Haar, Senior Associate, reviews the announcement.   

In 2017, the then South Australian Labor Government passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (SA) (the Act).  The Act was one of a number of similar pieces of legislation introduced in Australia as a result of a Four Corners investigation alleging the exploitation and underpayment of migrant workers in several industries including produce picking and food factory work.  The investigation revealed that migrants were being employed (and underpaid) by labour hire contractors, who then sold their employee’s labour to farms and factories at low cost.   

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Author: Carol M. Goodman

As explained in our previous employment alert, all New York employers must conduct annual sexual harassment training and have a compliant sexual harassment prevention policy effective October 9, 2018. With that deadline looming, yesterday Governor Cuomo issued the final model sexual harassment policy (including the final model complaint form), the final model sexual harassment training program (along with an accompanying script), and the final FAQs containing the State’s guidance and interpretation of New York’s sexual harassment prevention policy and training requirements.

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Authors: Jeremy Mittman and Erica Parks

In his final bill-signing period as governor, California Governor Edmund G. Brown signed into law numerous employment-related bills and vetoed others. One bill that passed significantly  expands the scope of required sexual harassment training for employees in California.

Currently, the relevant provisions of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), sections 12950 and 12950.1 of the California Government Code, require employers with 50 or more employees to provide sexual harassment training for all supervisory employees. SB 1343 amends these provisions, instead requiring employers of five or more employees—including seasonal and temporary employees—to provide sexual harassment training for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees by January 1, 2020.

Read more: California Expands Sexual Harassment Training For Employees

Author: Erica Parks

September 30, 2018, was the cut-off for Governor Brown to sign or veto bills passed by the California legislature this year. So it’s not surprising that that the summer months saw a flurry of employment legislation across Governor Brown’s desk.

Most significantly, the Governor vetoed AB 3080, which, as we alerted you last month, would have effectively banned non-disclosure agreements and arbitration agreements with respect to certain harassment and discrimination claims.

Nevertheless, the Governor signed into law this summer a record number of bills, many of which further regulate the workplace. Rounded up below are the most notable new employment bills signed into law, which will take effect on January 1, 2019, unless otherwise specified below:

California Legislature Amends FEHA and Expressly Affirms and Rejects Harassment Case Law

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Author: Yesim Tokgoz

In Turkey, although labor law is known as the law that protects employees, all it requests from the employers is to keep their records in line with legislation and jurisprudence, adhere to their legal obligations, and demonstrate such actions through documentation. However, it is true that some actions are difficult to prove. Within this scope, maybe one of the hardest responsibilities to prove is employers' protection obligations towards their employees, arising from occupational health and safety matters. In this article, we will shed light on the provision of occupational health and safety obligations of employers, and their legal obligations and criminal repercussions in light of the decisions of the Court of Cassation1.

Read more: Employers' Liabilities Arisen from the Occupational Health and Safety in Light of the Decisions...