European ER news

Nicolas Schmit to be next EU Employment Commissioner
10 September 2019
Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled the names who will make up the next EU Commission and their portfolios. The 27 proposed Commissioners – one nominated by each member state except the UK – comprise 14 men and 13 women, almost all drawn from the 3 main …. [more]


France: One in six companies on “red alert” for equal pay
9 September 2019
Nearly 16% of companies with 250 to 1,000 employees who have published their index on professional equality between men and women “are on red alert” and must improve their practices within three years, on pain of sanction, Labour Minister Muriel Pénicaud has warned. Medium-sized …. [more]


Germany: Unions seek 8.5% pay rise for temporary agency workers
6 September 2019
Trade unions representing temporary agency workers have submitted a pay claim worth 8.5% in negotiations with employer groups which began this week. They also want improvements in the collective bargaining agreements, such as more holidays and higher annual special payments. …. [more]


France: Two more labour courts ignore cap on unfair dismissal compensation
26 August 2019
Two more labour courts (conseils de prud’hommes) have given decisions over-riding the statutory cap on compensation for unfair dismissal, and ignoring an opinion from the Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation). The courts at Troyes and Nevers followed the lead set by the Grenoble court by rejecting …. [more]


Germany: Labour minister planning law to protect jobs in economic downturn
19 August 2019
Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil has announced plans for a “work-of-tomorrow” law (“Arbeit-von-morgen”-Gesetz), aimed at better protecting employees from job losses in the event of another economic downturn. With the global economy weakening, and Germany vulnerable as a strong …. [more]