European ER news

France: Government to push ahead with labour reforms despite “yellow vests”
24 January 2019
Labour minister Muriel Pénicaud has said the government will put improving the labour market at the heart of its plans this year, as it seeks to turn the “yellow vests” movement into an opportunity for spurring reforms. In an interview with the FT (£), the former head of HR at Danone said a 5-year …. [more]


Global Commission on the Future of Work presents its report
22 January 2019
The International Labour Organisation launched its Global Commission on the Future of Work in 2017 to undertake an “in-depth examination of the future of work that can provide the analytical basis for the delivery of social justice in the 21st century”. Chaired by Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, …. [more]


UK: Government rules out mandatory action plans for closing gender pay gap
17 January 2019
The Minister for Women & Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, has ruled out forcing employers to publish a narrative on their gender pay gaps, or an action plan for closing it. In the government’s response to a House of Commons report on the gender pay gap published last August, the Women’s minister …. [more]


UK: EWC no-deal Brexit legislation laid in Parliament
14 January 2019
The Business Department has laid in Parliament the final version of Regulations that would amend the UK’s EWC legislation (the Transnational Information & Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999 or TICE Regs) in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They are identical to the version laid in …. [more]


Germany: Labour ministry working on right to home working
10 January 2019
The Federal Labour Ministry – run by SPD minister Hubertus Heil – is drafting a law giving employees a right to work from home, or “Home Office” as it is becoming known in German. The Coalition Agreement committed the government to introduce the right for employees to demand reasons …. [more]