A new bill strengthens the anti-discrimination provisions under the Labour Code of the Philippines to safeguard female employees.
When introduced, the new legislation will allow employees from across different workplaces to collectively negotiate pay rises.
Offering flexibility at work is helping drive gender equality in Australia’s workplaces, says the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
While Asia-Pacific labour markets recorded a partial rebound from the pandemic, 2023 is expected to present challenges hindering a full recovery.
In line with the current challenge of attracting and retaining the best talent, employers should consider strategies that address employees’ current needs.
In the Philippines, all businesses are obligated to pay their employees their 13th month’s salary by December 24, 2022.
This represents on-going efforts to provider better protection for the growing number of platform workers in the country.
Employees can also expect their salaries to be further raised in 2023, predicted the Malaysian Employers Federation.
Companies operating in the Asia-Pacific region recognise that they need to improve their employee benefits strategy to hire and retain top talent.
A number of unions are gearing up to campaign for both menstrual and menopause leave for female employees.
A project has been launched in Japan to encourage men to take the lead in eliminating gender disparities in workplaces.
Hybrid work, the rising cost of living, and uncertainty about the future are all stress factors for employees in Singapore.
One in three employees in Japan currently have a side job or have had one in the past, as employers are encouraged to support this practice.
A newly tabled convention includes legislation that mandates employers to maintain workplace policies against harassment and violence.
Hong Kong has approved HK$12.1 billion (US$1.5 billion) in wage subsidies for eligible employers and employees.
The unemployment rate in the country dropped to 3.7% compared with 4.7% in the same quarter last year.
Efforts are ongoing to create employment opportunities for South Korea’s elderly population, which is expected to reach 10 million by 2025.
Employment opportunities related to environmental responsibility activities are expected to increase, predicted Indonesia’s central bank.
Inflation in the Philippines reached an all-time high of 7.7% in October, which has impacted the purchasing power of workers’ wages.
Green workplaces are becoming an important aspect of work life for both employers and their employees, as they continue to support enterprise greening.
These include addressing wage inequality and providing more childcare support, as well as upskilling and reskilling opportunities.
While work hours have declined over the past decade, employees in the country are still among those in the world who record the most hours at work.
The inflation-adjusted remuneration of employees in Taiwan fell in September, despite an increase in salaries over the same period of the previous year.
The ageing population, coupled with the recovery of the economy, has caused more than half of 11,000 firms in Japan to experience a labour crunch.
Adapting business models to a digitally transformed society is imperative for organisations, especially in the employment and labour sectors.
Malaysia is also predicted to post a higher than average median salary increment across Asia-Pacific in 2023.
While compensation is still important for employees, work flexibility and career development opportunities are increasingly being prioritised.
One of the key objectives of the centre is to help manage and address the mental health issues employees in the country are facing.
The Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) is looking to end the negative image of mid-career hires by rephrasing commonly used employment terms.
Employees believe that a hybrid work model helps improves their productivity and gives them much-needed work-life balance.