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Brazil – Provisional measure slammed by Trade Union

25 November 2013

The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MTE) has drafted a provisional measure that, if passed by Congress, would allow employers to hire unregistered temporary workers for a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 60 days each year.Sindeprestem, the Trade Union representing outsourced and temporary w...


Japan – Firms exploiting internship scheme to secure cheap labour

25 November 2013

Faced with a shrinking workforce and tight restrictions on immigration, Japanese employers, such as small companies, farms and fisheries, are plugging labour shortages by relying on interns from across Asia, reports the South China Morning Post.The programme is intended to help developing countri...


Sri Lanka – Government will not assist visa violators

25 November 2013

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) has advised that it is not responsible for the large number of Sri Lankans who are currently in custody in Malaysia on charges of flouting their visa conditions, reports the country’s Daily Mirror.Many Sri Lankans are reported to have obtained tourist v...


Malaysia – Jobstreet reports Q3 revenue growth

22 November 2013

Online job board Jobstreet Corporation Bhd (JOBST: KLS) reported revenue of MYR 46.5 million (USD 14.5 million) for the third quarter ending 30 September 2012, an increase of +12.3% compared with MYR 41.4 million (USD 12.9 million) a year ago.The company reported a pre-tax profit of MYR 23.6 mill...


Singapore – New employment law passed

22 November 2013

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) announced that professionals, managers, and executives (PMEs) earning up to SGD 4,500 (USD 3,602) each month would qualify for most employment rights for the first time from the 1 April 2014.The changes form part of a raft of amendments being made to the Employment...


South Africa – The impact of the new labour law

22 November 2013

The most significant review of labour legislation in over forty years is under way in South Africa. Industry expert, John Botha, discussed the impending legislation and the realistic impact on businesses.Mr Botha stated: “It’s done. The new labour legislation is on its way – like it or not. What...


Australia – Heidrick & Struggles acquires Scambler MacGregor

22 November 2013

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles (HSII: NSDQ) announced yesterday the acquisition of Scambler MacGregor, an Australian-based executive search boutique serving the financial services industry.Jory Marino, interim CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, commented on the ac...


Macau – Opaque visa laws may cause staffing problems

22 November 2013

As plans are announced for the expansion of Macau’s Cotai Strip, with its glittering casino-hotels, concerns have been raised about the low unemployment rate and opaque visa system for foreign workers, reports the South China Morning Post.Less than 2% of the permanent residents in the city are un...


Around the Web – Japan’s polarised labour market

22 November 2013

International legal practice Squire Sanders had an interesting take on temporary work in Japan. In an article written by Chiharu Yamamoto, she stated that the increasing use of temporary employment in Japan has polarised the labour market.Writing for online legal publication Lexology, Ms Yamamoto...


India – Randstad streamlines company structure to halt attrition

21 November 2013

Staffing firm Randstad India has effected a quiet organisational restructuring over the last few quarters in a streamlining exercise aimed at curtailing the company’s high attrition rate, reports The Hindu.The worldwide attrition rate of the second largest staffing firm in the world, stands at an...