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[Excerpt] This issue contains a collection of articles from 13 jurisdictions which examine various issues regarding equality in the workplace. Countries continue to pass new legislation that aims to create an equal environment for all employees regardless of age, gender, or race.

One issue that continues to be at the forefront is the right to equal pay for equal work which is addressed in articles from Argentina, Austria, Canada, Colombia, Japan, and Russia where the principle of equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, race, nationality, religious beliefs, etc., is examined. The issue of pay equity is further examined in articles from Germany and Mexico where the equal pay principle is extended to agency workers and when dealing with outsourcing companies; and in Vietnam where there is discussion of new legislation to harmonize the minimum wage.

Articles on benefits are also included, such as the new termination law in Belgium which eliminates the difference in notice requirements for blue and white collarworkers and the new vacation legislation in The Netherlands which ensures equal accrual of vacation time for all employees.

Other articles include one from the United Kingdom where gender equality in the boardroom is examined and articles from the United States where diversity in the workplace and California's Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 are discussed in depth.


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