The FLA publishes briefs on timely global supply chain issues to provide an overview of various perspectives. At all times, the FLA expects its business affiliates to comply with all legal requirements, as well as the provisions of the Workplace Code of Conduct.
The FLA’s Workplace Code of Conduct and benchmarks provide clear guidance on protecting the rights of the workers in supply chains where local laws fall short. With regard to overtime premiums, Benchmark C.7.1.2 provides that, “In those countries where there is no legally established overtime premium, employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at the prevailing industry premium rate or at the internationally recognized overtime rate, whichever is higher.”
An analysis of reports of potential forced labor related to North Korean workers and provisions in U.S. law and UN sanctions on North Korea and recommendations to eliminate the possibility of forced labor by North Koreans in company supply chains.
What are the obligations for employers in El Salvador based on the “Special Law for the Regulation and Installation of Childcare Centers" for workers' children and how can FLA affiliates ensure compliance with this new legislation?
While local minimum wage setting procedures have exacerbated the problem of low wages, brands sourcing apparel and textiles from Pakistan need not wait on the government to act before working with suppliers in support of fair compensation for workers. With current wage levels in Pakistan for most skilled workers falling well short of living wage estimates recommended by unions and civil society, action by brands and suppliers is needed to provide workers with wages that meet FLA standards.
Beyond the basic requirement that “workers shall have the right to enter into and to terminate their employment freely,” and the clear prohibitions on “prison labor [and] bonded labor,” FLA standards also require that workers must have reasonable freedom of movement at work, must not be bound to their jobs by debt, and may not be forced to work overtime involuntarily.