News 2017

The following is a selection of items from our weekly bulletin to member companies.  Please contact us to receive our bulletin on a trial basis.

Germany: Porsche works council wants out-of-hours emails auto-deleted
21 December 2017
The works council at carmaker Porsche is pushing the company to protect employees from work-related emails in their free time by having them auto-deleted if received between 7pm and 6am. “To read and reply to emails from the boss during the evenings is unpaid working time which …. [more]

EU Commission proposal for directive on working conditions
20 December 2017
The European Commission has formally proposed a new directive on transparent and predictable working conditions. It will expand on and replace the current directive on “written particulars”, and follows consultation of the social partners who declined the opportunity to negotiate an agreement …. [more]

France: Minimum wage to rise by €0.12/hour
19 December 2017
The national minimum wage (salaire minimum interprofessionnel de croissance or SMIC) will rise by €0.12 per hour from €9.76 to €9.88 on 1st January, an increase of 1.24%. This limits the rise to the automatic increase provided by the legal formula, without any additional boost. For workers on a 35  …. [more]

UK: Report on electronic strike ballots published
18 December 2017
The Report of the Independent Review of Electronic Balloting for Industrial Action has been published, and advises against introducing e-balloting in the immediate future. Owing to the number of unanswered questions surrounding e-balloting (eg the possibility of hacking, false …. [more]

UK: Employment Tribunal claims double following abolition of fees
15 December 2017
The number of claims to Employment Tribunals more than doubled in the two months after fees were abolished. Newly-published figures show that for the two years before fees were abolished in July, the number of single claims was running at between 1,300 and 1,500 cases a month. In August …. [more]