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An Easing of Brazil’s Restrictive Labor Laws? Only Time Will Tell

In the face of economic slowdown, President Dilma Rousseff signed a measure permitting companies to reduce employee working hours and salaries for up to 12 months in order to avoid layoffs and additional economic harm.

Lawful Cross-Border Transfers of Employees' Personal Data

In the wake of the decision by the European Court of Justice invalidating the U.S.-European Union (EU) Safe Harbor framework, hundreds of U.S. multinationals, no longer able to rely on the Safe Harbor to lawfully transfer employees' personal data from the EU to the United States, are wondering what will happen now. 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Contains Labor Provisions

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement requires the 12 signatory countries to adopt and maintain fundamental labor rights and enforceable labor laws as recognized by the International Labor Organization. 

Flush Indian Startups Face Shortage of Skilled Workers

A dearth of talented tech workers is driving up wages and hurting companies’ expansion plans (Wall Street Journal).

Study: U.S. Workers Head North to Bridge Skills Gap

According to a study by the Conference Board of Canada, many Alberta employers are considering U.S. workers to fill Canadian vacancies in high-growth sectors like construction, energy, engineering and mining.

Mexico Establishes a Single National Minimum Wage

Mexico’s National Minimum Wage Commission approved the establishment of a single national minimum daily wage (MXP $70.10). Mexico was previously divided into two geographical areas—Zone A and Zone B—for purposes of determining the minimum wage.

Employment Law in Canada Is Employee-Friendly

Provincial law predominates in Canada, and most provinces have laws setting human rights standards, labor relations rules and occupational health and safety laws.

Record-Setting Human Rights Damage Award Overturned in British Columbia

Over the past few years, a number of human rights tribunals in Canada have awarded record-setting damage awards to employees who were subject to discrimination in the workplace. A recent judicial review decision out of British Columbia set aside one such award.

EU-U.S. Safe Harbor for Data Transfer Sunk

The Court of Justice of the European Union has torpedoed a safe-harbor mechanism used since 2000 by 4,500 U.S. companies to transfer business information such as payroll and customer data in compliance with EU privacy rules.

Proposed Changes to Overtime Rule May Impact Foreign Employers

In July 6, 2015, the Department of Labor proposed a revision to the “white collar” overtime exemption rule.  If the new rule is adopted, foreign employers will be faced with multiple decisions when transferring employees to work in the United States. 

Active Job Seekers on the Rise Worldwide

More professionals around the world are actively exploring job opportunities than they were last year, according to LinkedIn’s 2015 Talent Trends report. 




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