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Global Benefit Insights - May 2022


Spain to introduce additional leave

A bill has been drafted to offer menstrual leave in Spain.

If passed, the bill will state that employees are entitled to three days leave per month to deal with painful periods if supported by a doctor's note. This will be increased to five days temporarily for intense or incapacitating pain. This forms part of a wider reproductive health reform that is currently taking place in Spain, with changes to their maternity policy that was announced earlier this year.

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New Zealand announce support for older workers

Older Workers Employment Action Plan introduced.

The action plan aims to ensure that workers aged 50 and over who want or need to find work, can do so in a role that is sustainable and fulfils their needs and aspirations. The plan will support workers to use their skills to remain employed, and to support employers to be more inclusive of older workers. This forms part of the Better Later Life strategy New Zealand has implemented.

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Romania to introduce work-life balance measures

Proposed change of working time.

The government in Romania has introduced a proposal aimed at improving private sector employees’ work life balance and improve productivity. Once the proposal passes, employers will be allowed to request a four day working week but increasing their daily hours from eight to ten. The employee's salary would remain the same. Whilst it isn’t mandatory for employers to agree, it is encouraged to accept this. Any changes to work schedule should be agreed and recorded in writing.

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Chilean Inheritance Tax

Tax reform means change to Life Insurance treatment.

A recent tax reform of Law 21.240 states that Life Insurance is now subject to inheritance tax in Chile. Proof of payment of inheritance tax will be required before the life insurance benefit is payable to the beneficiary.

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Minimum wage increases


Malaysia has increased their minimum wage to RM 1,500 per month with effect from 1st May 2022. The previous minimum wage rates were higher rate RM 1,200 for jobs within city council and lower rate RM 1,100 for other locations. These changes are for employers who have a minimum of five employees; smaller employers will be exempt.


From 1 May 2022, the minimum wage in Greece will increase from €663 to €713 per month. This is the second increase in 2022 meaning a total increase of 9.7% since the 2021 minimum wage was set.


From April 2022, the minimum wage in Luxembourg increased to €2,313 for employees aged 18 years or older; €2,776 for skilled workers aged 18 and older; €1,851 for employees aged 17 to 18; and, €1,735 for employees aged 15 to 17.

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