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EU Commission launches public consultation on gender pay transparency
5 March 2020
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has (sort of) fulfilled her promise to “table measures to introduce binding pay transparency measures” in the first 100 days of her mandate (see our bulletin of 18 July 2019). What she has actually tabled is a public consultation on the subject as part …. [more]

 

EU Commission will attempt to revive the Women on Boards Directive
5 March 2020
One of the elements of the Commission’s Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 published today, and again something Ursula VDL promised, is a commitment to push for the adoption of the Commission’s 2012 proposal for a Directive on improving the gender balance on corporate boards …. [more]

 

Germany: Heil agrees to help companies affected by coronavirus
4 March 2020
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Hubertus Heil has pledged to help companies in Germany if the coronavirus leads to supply bottlenecks and thus to short-time work. “Where necessary, we will help companies with our resources,” the SPD politician said. Employees could also be entitled to …. [more]

 

Social partners respond to Commission consultation on minimum wage
28 February 2020
BusinessEurope and the European Trade Union Confederation have each responded to the EU Commission’s first-stage consultation on a minimum wage directive (see our bulletin of 16 January). They both agree that social partners (employers, trade unions) within countries should be …. [more]

 

UK: Shared parental leave/pay – Supreme Court refuses appeal
27 February 2020
The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal last year’s Appeal Court ruling regarding shared parental leave and pay. The Appeal Court ruled that it is not discriminatory for an employer to pay men on shared parental leave less than an enhanced rate paid to women on maternity leave …. [more]