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In our virtual sessions, we would like to address the most important announcements and current developments in employment law as well as give you an overview of the coalition’s plans in Germany. Please note that this event will be held in German only.

In this issue: Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security jointly issue guidance on overtime and working hours issues; Government provides administrative guidance for leading platform enterprises in order to protect gig workers; Beijing announces top 10 typical employment dispute arbitration cases of 2021; Company succeeds in liquidated damages claim against social media influencer; Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and three other authorities issue document supporting young people from Hong Kong and Macao to take up employment or start a business in the Greater Bay Area

As we step into another year and review the landscape ahead, we have rounded up our most recent updates and resources from across the globe to help employers prepare for 2022. The pandemic continues to shape workplace policies and practices, with an increasing move towards Mandatory Vaccination for workers, continued hybrid and remote working arrangements, ongoing changes to travel restrictions and more. Meanwhile, legal frameworks are evolving as governments step up their inclusion and diversity agendas, with Pay Transparency gaining traction in the US, a proposed Pay Transparency Directive on the horizon in Europe and the Work-Life Balance Directive due to be implemented this year.

Emergency Decree 886/2021, published on 24 December 2021, does not extend the prohibition to terminate employment without cause and for lack or reduction of work or force majeure, or to suspend employees for lack or reduction of work or force majeure. The Decree also sets forth a progressive schedule that reduces the additional severance until its finalization in June 2022.

The compromise version of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (HR 6256) was recently passed by both chambers of Congress, and the legislation is now cleared for President Biden’s signature. It is expected that President Biden will sign the legislation into law soon. With strong bipartisan support, earlier versions of this legislation had passed the US House and Senate in the preceding months, and lawmakers reached an agreement that merged versions from each chamber.

As some countries open up and economies gradually rebound, there are still prolonged business issues and market trends accelerated by the pandemic that will continue to affect companies across all industries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
In this vlog series, our MENA team of cross-practice specialists provide a quick roundup of the latest legal and commercial developments in the region as well as insights to emerging challenges and opportunities, to guide you as you shape your organization’s business resilience and strategy in the medium and long term.