European ER news

The following is a selection of items from our weekly bulletin to member companies.  Please contact us if you would like to receive our bulletin on a trial basis.


EU Directive to allow companies to transfer their registered office
26 April 2018
The EU Commission has issued a proposal for a directive enabling companies to transfer their registered office (country of incorporation) from one member state to another – what the directive calls a “cross-border conversion”. A directive on this topic has been on the cards for decades, but …. [more]


EU Commission proposes whistleblowing directive
24 April 2018
In 2013 the EU Commission said there were no powers under the EU Treaty to legislate on whistleblowing. In 2016 the European Parliament drafted a directive on the subject and urged the Commission to act. We said at the time that if the pressure was kept up a creative interpretation of …. [more]


France: Labour ministry issues guidance on labour reforms
20 April 2018
The Labour ministry has issued the first two of a set of guidance documents on the main labour reforms enacted last year. The first covers the new social and Economic Committee (comité social et économique or CSE) which will merge three current staff committees – the works committee (comité …. [more]


ECJ says airlines must compensate passengers over wildcat strikes
19 April 2018
The European Court of Justice has ruled that airlines must pay compensation to passengers for delays caused by wildcat strikes, because they result from management decisions. The ruling follows court action against German airline TUIfly which said a 2016 wildcat strike (one not formally …. [more]


Albania and Macedonia edge closer to EU membership
18 April 2018
The Balkan states of Albania and Macedonia have moved a step closer to joining the EU after the Commission recommended starting accession negotiations. If the member states agree, Albania and Macedonia will join Serbia, Montenegro and Turkey with whom accession talks have already started …. [more]


EU Commission expected to issue whistleblowing proposal soon
17 April 2018
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker promised legislation on whistleblowing protection during the course of last year, following a public consultation and it seems he will soon deliver. A draft directive is expected to be issued next week which …. [more]


UK: Plans for bereavement leave and pay
5 April 2018
Just before Easter the Business Department put out a consultation document seeking views on some of the details around its plans for parental bereavement leave and pay. They include:
1. the definition of a “bereaved parent” entitled to the leave. Biological, adoptive and step- ….


UK: Legal challenge to Unite general-secretary election underway
2 April 2018
Gerard Coyne, who lost to Len McCluskey in last year’s election for general-secretary of UK trade union Unite, has been making his case at a hearing which could see the election being re-run. He claims that McCluskey broke union rules by calling an election when there was no vacancy for the …. [more]


European Works Councils and Brexit – Commission notice
29 March 2018
Over the past few months the European Commission has been publishing Notices to Stakeholders about the implications of Brexit on various topics (eg company law, data protection, fauna and flora). This week saw the first Notice concerning employment law, the subject being European …. [more]