European ER news

Study points way to EU regulation of platform workers
16 March 2020
A detailed study of platform work – and its regulation – in the EU, commissioned by DG Employment, concludes that all platform workers need better protections, or at least protections better suited to platform work. The study will feed into the Commission’s current work looking at this issue, on …. [more]


UK: Budget announcements for employers
12 March 2020
In yesterday’s Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced:

  • A “new, ambitious target” for the National Living Wage to reach two-thirds of median earnings and be extended to workers aged 21+ by 2024 “provided economic …. [more]


Germany: Draft law on supply chain responsibility suspended
11 March 2020
According to government circles, Angela Merkel’s office has temporarily halted an initiative by the Ministry of Labour and the Development Ministry for mandatory social and environmental standards in supply chains (see our bulletin of 12 December for the background). A consultation process …. [more]


EU industrial strategy emphasises need for reskilling
10 March 2020
The EU Commission this week launched its new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe. Largely written by French Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, the former CEO of France Télécom and Atos, it aims to “help Europe’s industry lead the twin transitions …. [more]


France: Supreme Court says Uber drivers are employees
6 March 2020
The Supreme Court in Paris has ruled that Uber drivers are employees of the ride hailing service. In a press release, the court said the relationship of subordination is characterized by the performance of work under the authority of an employer who has the power to give orders and directions, to control …. [more]