News archive 2017

European Court adviser supports German co-determination law
4 May 2017
The Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice has advised the Court not to overturn the German law on workers on the board, which he says is consistent with EU law. A shareholder in the German travel group TUI challenged the law in the …. [more]

France – Macron promises to drive through labour reforms in the summer
2 May 2017
Presidential favourite Emmanuel Macron has said his labour reform plans are ready to go, and could be passed by government decree in the summer. In a radio interview, he said that, if elected, he would quickly bring in new changes to France’s …. [more]

Social partner consultation on basic employment rights for all workers
27 April 2017
The European Commission has started a formal consultation of the EU-level social partners (BusinessEurope, ETUC etc) on potentially far-reaching changes that could see a set of basic employment rights defined and given to all workers. It is part of a …. [more]

EU Commission proposes directive on work-life balance
26 April 2017
The European Commission has published a proposal for a new directive on work-life balance for parent and carers, as part of its Pillar of Social Rights. If adopted it will create some new EU-level rights and extend some existing ones, as follows: …. [more]

Call for a global agreement on modern slavery
6 April 2017
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is calling for a global agreement on modern slavery, to avoid a “spaghetti soup” of 30 or more inconsistent sets of national legislation to eliminate slavery. It says amidst government initiatives like …. [more]