The Danish Government has called for its political parties to negotiate and enact laws to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace as it seeks to comply with the EU Whistleblower Directive that took effect on December 16, 2019. While the EU Directive requires Member States to enact national whistleblower protection laws by December 17, 2021, the government’s new initiatives include expanding the implementation of the EU Directive to include reports of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Due to the rapid spread of a new strain of coronavirus in the UK, several countries have barred travelers from Britain. Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, and Belgium announced on Sunday, December 20 that they would suspend air travel from the UK.
The Department of Homeland Security recently proposed changes to the H-1B Cap system that would significantly impact the existing process. The proposed rule, entitled “Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions” and revealed on November 2, aims to replace the current random selection process with a new salary-based ranking system that prioritizes selections to applicants that have received offers corresponding to the highest wage levels. This would be a dramatic change to the existing system, which has always been based on a random lottery process. If the rule goes through, it will be implemented in next year’s H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2022.
Japan has implemented new measures to allow foreign nationals with short-stay visas to obtain part-time work. It is estimated that approximately 21,000 individuals are eligible.