Germany: Labour minister presents bill for temporary part-time working
27 April 2018
Labour minister Hubertus Heil has published a bill to enact the commitment in the coalition agreement to give a right to request temporary part-time working. At present, employees can request part-time working, but this would be a permanent change to their working hours – there is …. [more]


EU Directive to allow companies to transfer their registered office
26 April 2018
The EU Commission has issued a proposal for a directive enabling companies to transfer their registered office (country of incorporation) from one member state to another – what the directive calls a “cross-border conversion”. A directive on this topic has been on the cards for decades, but …. [more]


EU Commission proposes whistleblowing directive
24 April 2018
In 2013 the EU Commission said there were no powers under the EU Treaty to legislate on whistleblowing. In 2016 the European Parliament drafted a directive on the subject and urged the Commission to act. We said at the time that if the pressure was kept up a creative interpretation of …. [more]


France: Labour ministry issues guidance on labour reforms
20 April 2018
The Labour ministry has issued the first two of a set of guidance documents on the main labour reforms enacted last year. The first covers the new social and Economic Committee (comité social et économique or CSE) which will merge three current staff committees – the works committee (comité …. [more]


ECJ says airlines must compensate passengers over wildcat strikes
19 April 2018
The European Court of Justice has ruled that airlines must pay compensation to passengers for delays caused by wildcat strikes, because they result from management decisions. The ruling follows court action against German airline TUIfly which said a 2016 wildcat strike (one not formally …. [more]