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August 29, 2023

Editor’s Note: Spring 2023 Issue of the Newsletter

Tequila Brooks

Editor’s Note: Spring 2023 Issue of the Newsletter

Welcome to the Summer 2023 Issue of the Newsletter!

This issue contains contributions from every continent in the world except for Antarctica. Despite the wide range of countries represented – from Thailand to the Netherlands – a number of overlapping themes emerge from the articles.

One of the common themes that arises is the role that national constitutions and Supreme Courts play in the interpretation and application of labor laws, particularly in the Latin American context. Constitutional provisions are a key component of the interpretation of the legality of Non-Compete Clauses in Costa Rica and the determination of whether subcontracting clauses in the 2021 Labor Law Reform in Mexico are constitutionally sound.

Common themes and trends overlap both within and between editions of this newsletter. One particular trend this year is the adoption of laws and regulations governing alternative workplace relations – the 4-day work week in Poland and the option to telework in Thailand. A June 2023 Labor Court decision in South Africa expands on the theme of the intersection of drug use and the workplace – in particular, whether prohibition of the use of cannabis can constitute religious discrimination. Reform of labor tribunal proceedings has also emerged as a common trend across newsletter editions, including in Japan.

Other articles draw our attention to the adoption of laws and policies to address major issues affecting countries and workplaces – the need to improve implementation of laws governing recruitment in construction in Bangladesh, the adoption of long-awaited pension reform in the Netherlands, and the crafting of policies in the United States to ensure the creation of decent jobs while transitioning to a clean energy economy.

As always, thank you to all of the authors for your interesting and informative submissions! Note upcoming deadlines below. I encourage you to reach out to submit an article or article idea.

Article guidelines

  • Length: Please keep your article short. The ideal length is 600 words. If your article is longer, use headings.
  • No footnotes. Do not use footnotes! If you feel notes are absolutely required, insert them in a NOTES section at the end of your article.

Article dadlines

We’ve already got a few articles coming in for the Fall 2023 issue but if you want to submit an article after this edition is published, note the outside deadline is two weeks after publication of the Summer 2023 edition.

  • Fall 2023 newsletter Article deadline = Monday, September 18, 2023
  •  Winter 2023-2024 newsletter Article deadline = Monday, December 18, 2023
  • Spring 2024 newsletter Article deadline = Monday, March 18, 2023


Tequila Brooks