European ER news

ECJ ruling on working time records leads to non-payment for smoking breaks
10 February 2020
Last year’s ruling by the European Court of Justice that companies must keep a record of their workers’ working time has had an unexpected result in Spain. The ECJ said all employers were required to systematically record the number of hours worked each day and each week by their …. [more]


UK: Slow progress on ethnic diversity of FTSE boards
6 February 2020
The Parker review of ethnic diversity of UK boards has published an update and concluded it has been slow progress. The review was set up in 2016 led by Sir John Parker, chair of Pennon Group and Laing O’Rourke. Its first report recommended all FTSE 100 boards should have at least one …. [more]


Increase in bereavement leave causes controversy
3 February 2020
Labour minister Muriel Pénicaud caused controversy in Parliament last week after blocking a bill that would have increased bereavement leave (congé de deuil) from 5 to 12 days on the grounds it would be bad for business. Originally put forward by the small centrist party UDI-Agir, the proposal was …. [more]


BusinessEurope wary of EU pay transparency directive
31 January 2020
Employers group BusinessEurope has issued a position paper on strengthening gender equality in Europe which sounds a warning about EU Commission plans for a directive on gender pay transparency. It sees increasing women’s participation in the labour market as key to promoting …. [more]


Latest European court case on accrual of annual leave
31 January 2020
Over the years there have been several decisions from the European Court of Justice giving workers the right to accrue paid annual leave entitlement during periods of absence from work for different reasons, eg while on maternity leave or during sickness absence. The latest case deals with two …. [more]