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AUSTRALIA - COVID-19 and Recent Developments in Australian Labor/Employment Law

As at November 2, 2020, Australia has experienced a total of 27,590 cases resulting in 907 deaths, whereas the United States has experienced 9,024,298 cases resulting in 229,109 deaths. In response to the pandemic Australian Federal and State governments supported a range of lock downs and strong community tracing. In November 2020 a significant number of States have had recorded long periods of no new community transmissions and transmissions from known sources.

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INDONESIA - Omnibus Law on Job Creation; General Overview on Employment Cluster

Despite the continuing opposition and a series of rallies from labor unions and various groups against the long awaited Omnibus Law, the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo signed the Bill on Job Creation into Law No. 11 of 2020 on Job Creation, or publicly known as the Omnibus Law (“Omnibus Law”) on November 2, 2020. Omnibus Law amends 77 laws, and is aimed at improving the ease of doing business and attract investment in Indonesia. The Government believes that 90 percent of the provisions in the Omnibus Law are intentionally designed to stimulate private investment and business.

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MEXICO - NOM-035 on Psychosocial Risks Takes Effect

Official Mexican Standard 035 issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare regarding the identification and prevention of psychosocial risk factors in the workplace (commonly identified as NOM-035) was published in the Official Journal of the Federation on October 23, 2018. Its purpose is to guarantee that employees provide services in legal and optimal conditions to control their possible exposure to factors that may cause anxiety disorders, alter their rest or affect their quality of life. These elements are called Psychosocial Risk Factors and in principle do not include harassment or sexual harassment, to which other legal provisions contained in the Mexican Federal Labor Law are applicable.

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Global Challenges - Choosing One’s Own Way during COVID-19

Perceived control, the degree to which an individual believes a situation or outcome can be influenced by their actions, has been consistently associated with emotional well-being, an ability to cope with stress, and improved performance across diverse settings and populations. The COVID-19 pandemic, described freely as unprecedented, has likely compromised that sense of control. Beyond the concerns for our health and well-being, there is uncertainty about when things will return to “normal.”