European ER news

New Commission approved by European Parliament
27 November 2019
MEPs have given their formal approval to the new College of Commissioners, headed by Ursula von der Leyen. They voted this week by 461 votes for and 157 against, somewhat better than the out-going Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker achieved in 2014. VDL had a greater challenge …. [more]


EPP’s Weber demands stronger role for European Parliament
26 November 2019
With the new Commission about to be installed, various stakeholders are setting out their demands, including MEPs, member states and trade unions (see this and the next two items). The leader of the largest political grouping in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber of the centre-right EPP, …. [more]


Discussion on further EU Treaty changes likely to start next year
22 November 2019
The Franco-German motor is revving up and looking to set both the EU’s direction of travel and the timing for reaching the destination. In a “non-paper” (ie informal, non-official) the French and German governments say a Conference on the Future of Europe is needed promptly, with a first …. [more]


UK: Few employers publicise parental leave policies
20 November 2019
Listed companies are more likely to publicise the availability of fresh fruit, free eye tests and in-house massage therapy than they are to publish details of their parental leave policies, according to research by Mumsnet (“the UK’s most popular website for parents”). Its survey of over 1,000 …. [more]


European Court allows non-carry over of unused leave
19 November 2019
In its latest judgment on the working time directive, the European Court of Justice has ruled that national law does not have to permit the carry over of unused annual leave from one leave year to the next, if the leave is in excess of the 4 week minimum in the directive. In the case of TSN v…. [more]