France: Employers allowed to offer tax-free bonuses in bid to appease “yellow vests”
7 December 2018
Employers’ organisations have said their members are ready to pay employees bonuses entirely tax-free and exempt from social contributions, according to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire. The government is looking for ways to boost incomes in response to the “yellow vest” …. [more]


MEPs don’t want European Labour Authority role in company restructuring
6 December 2018
The European Parliament’s Employment Committee has adopted amendments it wants to see to the Commission’s proposal for a European Labour Authority. Slightly surprisingly, they do not want it to have a role in company restructuring projects. They say the Authority should “focus on a limited …. [more]


UK government’s plans for UK EWCs under no-deal Brexit create confusion
3 December 2018
We reported last week on the publication of draft Regulations concerning European Works Councils in a no-deal Brexit scenario. The government informed Parliament that the changes “would protect arrangements for existing EWCs but no longer allow for the establishment of new EWCs in a ‘no …. [more]


France: More details on next year’s equal pay law
29 November 2018
The Ministry of Labour has published more details about new requirements on equal pay coming into force on 1st March 2019. A new Gender Equality Index (Index de l’égalité femmes-hommes) has been developed for employers to measure five indicators: (1) wage gaps between women and men …. [more]


UK government planning to maintain UK EWC law under no-deal Brexit
26 November 2018
The government has published draft Regulations concerning European Works Councils in a no-deal Brexit scenario. They confirm our worst fears. It appears that, if the EU Withdrawal Agreement is not enacted, from 30 March 2019, companies with a European Works Council set up under UK law …. [more]