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Last Updated: 21 September 2016

Leading commentary and perspectives on employment and labor law

The Global Workplace Report is a monthly summary of our most popular blog articles from our Global Workplace Insider blog. This report provides concise commentary and insight essential for employers that want to stay current on the legal and business developments and trends impacting employment and labor matters globally.

Global employment and labor trend

There was a time when labor matters were a localized legal concern. Well that has changed radically and multinationals all over the world now share the same concerns including how to handle a global economic crisis and maintain a sustainable business. Downsizing - or 'rightsizing' - in order to cut costs and maintain or achieve specific levels of profitability has often been the chosen route, especially in Latin America and the United States. The trend has been clear and although legal barriers may vary from region to region, there is one problem that is an integral part of rightsizing throughout the world: the after-effects. Downsizing affects everyone, not only those who are dismissed. In order to minimize the negative effects (both internal and external), you have to have the right legal and HR structure in place to support the change. Some of the issues to take into account include: psychological impact, employees having a heavier work load and more responsibilities without extra pay, and maintaining morale.

Global employment and labor developments

APAC

Gaming in the workplace: Pokémon Yes or Pokémon No? by Helene Lee, Nicki Milionis and Gerard Twomey

Pokémon Go has taken Australia and the world by storm since its release earlier this month. The game sees users hunt for Pokémon using augmented reality technology and the GPS on their smartphones. Pokémon Go has also been prevalent in the workplace. How has this latest craze impacted worker productivity and health and safety? How should this issue be managed?

Canada

Employees entitled to impartial review of workplace violence complaints by Karen Jensen

The Federal Court of Appeal recently had a chance to review a decision by the Occupational Health and Safety Officer on the question of who should be in charge of investigating when an employee makes a workplace violence complaint in the case of Canada (Attorney General) v PSAC. Learn more about the findings of that case and the potential affects on your workplace.

Europe

Termination payments – proposed changes to tax and national insurance by Amanda Sanders

The UK Government has published its response to a consultation on the taxation of termination payments which does not include many of the Government's original proposals.

United States

Does Title VII cover sexual orientation claims? by Mario Barrera and Stephen Romero

In July 2015, the EEOC officially took the position that sexual orientation claims may be brought under the non-discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, in the recent case of Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, the Seventh Circuit refused to accept the EEOC's position and affirmed the dismissal of a sexual orientation discrimination claim holding that such claims are not cognizable under Title VII which brought new considerations for employers into play.

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