New labour codes will potentially transform work culture, affecting working hours, salaries, leave and flexible work arrangements.
A government bill has been passed to allow employers to sack workers who refuse to receive a COVID-19 vaccination without a reasonable excuse.
The PDPA, which regulates the processing of personal data with regards to commercial transactions, had seen its implementation delayed.
New South Wales is removing most of its vaccination mandates next month, although Victoria has not announced an end to its vaccination mandates.
Employers are reminded to look after their workers and take precautionary measures if they choose to hold gatherings.
The Philippines labour department highlighted that it would be wrong for workplaces to start getting complacent against COVID-19.
Three out of four staff who may currently be working from home will be allowed to return to their workplaces from March 29.
Several major business groups and companies are backing the government’s move to get employees to return to their workplaces.
Workers who are unwell and not able to work after testing positive for COVID-19 should not be required to produce an MC, said the Ministry of Manpower.
Enforcement action may be taken on employers who continue to implement attendance-tied incentive schemes from next year.
The Australian Taxation Office will penalise employers who fail to pay workers' superannuation after delaying its enforcement due to the pandemic.
Heads of departments are also called on to ensure that employees wear face masks at all times, and abide by the appropriate social distancing measures.
Businesses should have procedures for staff to work longer hours to cover the work of their colleagues as Omicron cases rise, said a tripartite advisory.
Businesses face harsher sentences of a minimum one-year prison sentence or up to 1 billion won in fines in the event of fatal workplace accidents.
Businesses, especially those providing essential services, should ensure robust business continuity plans like split-team arrangements.
The proposed bill will penalise employers who intrude on workers' "rest hours" and to prevent tasks and meetings from encroaching on personal time.
Foreign companies are calling on the government to provide "clarity" and "predictability" on the tougher law relating to serious industrial accidents.
Employers in the country must advertise job vacancies on the MYFutureJobs portal to ensure that these opportunities are offered to locals first
These include what to do when staff test positive, how to perform risk assessment and inspections, and procedures for monitoring and evaluation.
These include asking employees to return to the workplace when they can work from home, and not implementing sufficient safe distancing measures.
More than 80% of employers have given their workers their 13th-month pay as required by labour laws, or will do so in January.
Workers who are partially vaccinated will be granted a grace period of up till January 31 to complete their full vaccination regime.
About 97% of the labour force have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with about 75,000 workers still unvaccinated as of December 5.
Workers who were most supportive of workplace vaccinations those who most likely to say that they would receive vaccinations to keep their jobs.
Employers need to hire the 280,088 foreign workers who have been registered under the Labour Recalibration Programme (RTK) within two weeks.
About 55,000 West Australians were opposed to getting the vaccine, with 39,000 of them being in jobs where COVID-19 vaccination was mandatory.
The government will have to amend parts of the law within two years, or it would be deemed unconstitutional.
Sichuan province conducted a week-long inspection on overtime work and takes "zero tolerance" towards employers who breach labour laws.
A “no work, no pay” scheme should only serve as a last resort for employers when dealing with their unvaccinated workers.
Unvaccinated staff in businesses where customers need to show My Vaccine Pass cannot work unless they are fully inoculated against COVID-19.