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From February 4th 2018, the vetting procedure for non-UAE nationals entering for employment purposes will become more stringent in order to receive visa approval, a certificate of good conduct and behavior will be required assuring the good standing and character of an individual for the past 5 years. The process was put in place to ensure a clean criminal record not only in their country of origin but also if they resided anywhere previous to there. Additionally, VAT has been introduced at a standard rate of 5%. This rate does not apply for employees salaries but needs to be considered for directors fees and consultant services.

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From January 1 2018, companies employing expatriate workers will have to pay a fee. The fee amounts are depending on the ratio of expat to Saudi employees. Additionally, VAT has been introduced at a standard rate of 5%. This rate does not apply for employees salaries but needs to be considered for directors fees and consultant services.

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From January 1 2018, Assembly Bill 168 takes effect. This new bill prohibits California employers from asking for a job applicant's salary history as well as taking any salary history information when deciding on what salary to offer.

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Leave entitlement in various cities in china are to change throughout 2018. This change will enable employees to take between 10-20 fully paid days to care for elderly parents in hospital care.

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Effective January 6 2018, employees may request confirmation of: a) Salaries of other employees b) The business criteria of how pay rates are determined. *Access is granted only for workers in the same comparable service who are of the opposite sex. There has also been a rise in the threshold for health insurance, pension and unemployment. - Health Insurance: 53,100 EUR annually (from 52,200 EUR). - Pension & Unemployment: 78,00 annually (from 76,200 EUR).

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For the beginning of 2018, employee unemployment contributions are lowered to 0.95%, and in October will be removed all together. Additionally, employee health insurance contributions are removed in 2018. This lowers the overall employee social security contribution rate by 3.15%. The social security ceiling has been raised to 39,732 EUR annually (from 29,228 EUR), and 3,311 EUR monthly (from 3,269 EUR). Minimum wage has been raised from 9.76 EUR hourly to 9.88 EUR hourly.

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