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    Czech Republic

    Are you a construction company and do you use subcontractors to complete your contracts?

    From January, you are responsible for the wages of their employees.From 1 January 2024, contractors are legally liable for the wage claims of their subcontractors' employees (including "contractors") when performing construction contracts. The legislator has thus strengthened the position of employees in the construction industry.The change affects all construction entrepreneurs (entrepreneurs with a trade licence to carry out construction or assembly work) that work on a contract involving construction, alteration of construction, maintenance of construction or demolition, and use subcontractors...
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    Hungary makes changes to labour law, occupational health and safety at work

    Hungary has initiated a series of legislative amendments to laws governing labour, occupation health and safety at work, some of which already entered into force on 1 January 2024. Specifically, Hungarian lawmakers passed amendments to Act I of 2012 on the Labour Code, Act IV of 1991 on the Facilitation of Employment and Unemployment Benefits, and Act XCIII of 1993 on Occupational Safety and Health and certain OSH decrees.The following article outlines the changes to labour law in Hungary brought on by these amendments.1. Amendments to Act I of 2012 on the Labour Code and Act IV of 1991 on the...
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    United Kingdom

    Future, unknown claims can be waived under settlement agreements

    A recent decision of the Scottish Court of Session, Bathgate v Technip Singapore PTE Limited, has confirmed that future, unknown claims can be validly waived under a settlement agreement that meets the relevant statutory requirements.   The factsThe Claimant, Mr Bathgate, was employed by the Respondent, Technip, for 20 years as a Chief Officer and seafarer aboard a number of vessels. In 2016, the Respondent undertook a redundancy exercise to reduce its fleet of Chief Officers. After being placed at risk of redundancy, the Claimant accepted voluntary redundancy in 2017. He entered...
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    South Africa

    New Draft Regulations on the Proposed Numerical Sectoral Targets

    On 1 February 2024, a second round of draft regulations on the Proposed Numerical Sectoral Targets ("February 2024 Regulations") were published for public comment in the Government Gazette. The February 2024 Regulations are currently open for comment for 90 days from the date of publication (ending on 2 May 2024).Under these regulations, the Minister of Employment and Labour ("Minister") can classify different national economic sector targets that will define which companies, that operate in South Africa, will be deemed "designated employers". The classification of a designated employer will be...
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    2024 – Topics that may Concern You

    In China, companies constantly have to deal with changes in regulations and new laws. This will also continue in 2024.Topics such as update to the PRC Company Law, adapting Joint Ventures in accordance with the PRC Foreign Investment Law and the PRC Company Law, cross-border data transfer, employment management in the digital age, developments in China's competition law regime etc. will continue to be a concern for most companies in China in 2024. Complying with regulatory requirements is one of the key challenges for foreign companies and investors in China, not only in terms of general compliance,...
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    Regulating AI systems (Part 2): The significance of the Draft AI Liability Directive within employment law

    Following the presentation of the AI Act in part 1 of this blog series, part 2 deals with the Draft AI Liability Directive and explains what it will mean for employers.The growing willingness of companies to use AI to streamline and optimise work processes is often thwarted by concerns about the incalculable liability it may present. To reduce this legal uncertainty surrounding issues of liability, particularly in relation to work across borders, the European Commission issued its Draft AI Liability Directive of 28 September 2022 (Draft AI Liability Directive), setting out uniform requirements...
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