Qatar's population has more than doubled from around 600,000 in 2000 to in excess of 1,500,000 at the end of 2010.
Despite the on-going development of Qatar's health and safety regulation and policy tragically employees still die at work.
As Qatar's infrastructure continues to develop and expand in line with the National Development Strategy published in March 2011, the need for a robust health, safety and environment ("HSE") regime has become increasingly evident.
The Ministry of Labour in Saudi Arabia is currently targeting expatriates in Saudi Arabia that are working for businesses other than their visa sponsors.
In the past two months the Ministry of Labour in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has announced the introduction of a new regulatory regime called the 'Nitaqat' programme.
Certain parts of the Western Cape's farming industry have been adversely impacted by a number of strikes during the latter portion of 2012 and the early part of 2013.
The Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995, ("LRA") has been in the spotlight recently in regard to the recent communications from government that it is considering designating the education sector as an essential service.
As the country continues to count the costs of widespread industrial action including the loss of lives of mine workers and members of the security police, the long term socio-economic effects are incalculable.
The recent dismissal of a staff member at a daily newspaper in Johannesburg for making inappropriate comments on Twitter about the publication, poses new dilemmas for South African employers.
A recent debt summit in Midrand shows that there is still continued widespread abuse and exploitation of garnishee orders especially in impoverished communities.
The past year has been an eventful one for employers in the Middle East with the introduction of new legislation and a number of developments in practice and procedure.
The employment environment in the UAE has settled and the widespread terminations of a few years ago have passed.
It is mandatory for an expatriate employee to sign a labour contract in the format stipulated by the Ministry of Labour prior to commencing employment.
Employment relationships in the United Arab Emirates are governed by Federal Law No.8 of 1980 Regulating Labour Relations as amended by Federal Laws No.24 of 1981, No.15 of 1985 and No.12 of 1986 (the Labour Law).
The holy month of Ramadan is expected to start by the end of this week.
Where an employer fails to provide work for an employee who would normally be required to work in accordance with his contract of employment the employee is entitled to a statutory guaranteed payment.