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US Employers Hiring In Canada – The Basics Part I: Good Bye Employment At-Will; Hello Entitlements

Fisher Phillips’ International Employment Practice Group routinely counsels employers that are planning to move into the Canadian employment market (or have done so already without the requisite due diligence). In these situations, we often find that even seasoned US HR Professionals are taken aback by the stark differences between the employment law regimes in the US and Canada. Accordingly, in this blog series, we will address at a high level some of the basic differences that employers should be aware of before hiring employees in Canada.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Q&A

Last month, the European Union and U.S. officials announced final approval of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield), replacing the Safe Harbor which was invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union in October 2015. Like it predecessor, the Privacy Shield will allow organizations based in the United States to self-certify compliance with the Privacy Shield’s requirements permitting personal data of EU subjects to be transferred to the U.S., but with an enhanced enforcement regime, among other things.

Mexico: Amendments to the Legal Working Age

On June 12, 2015, Mexico amended the Federal Labor Law (“FLL”), adopting the increase in the legal working age that was enacted through a constitutional amendment in 2014. (Click here to read our discussion of the 2014 constitutional amendment). The FLL – the country’s employment law code – codifies the constitutional amendment that increased the legal working age from 14 to 15 years old and from 16 to 18 years old (where applicable).

Australia: Get Set For a 2.5% Increase to Minimum Wages Effective July 1, 2015

Australia’s national minimum wage and modern award pay rates are set to increase by 2.5% starting July 1, 2015. On June 2, 2015, the Minimum Wage Panel (the Panel) of the Fair Work Commission announced an increase to the minimum rates. The increase will affect over 1.86 million employees in Australia whose salary is at the minimum rate.

Bangladesh Labor Reform

Since the tragic collapse of a factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April of 2013, which resulted in the death of over 1,000 workers in the clothing industry, the Bangladeshi government has adopted a number of amendments to the Bangladesh Labor Act of 2006 (“Labor Act”) in an attempt to better conform with international labor standards applicable to workplace safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining.