Nothing new on employment laws in future EU-UK relationship paper
23 November 2018
The Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relationship, due to be approved on Sunday in Brussels alongside the Withdrawal Agreement, contains nothing new on employment laws compared with the shorter version published last week. The Declaration has been expanded from 7 pages to …. [more]


Germany: Federal Labour Court upholds right to strike on company premises
21 November 2018
The highest Labour Court in the country – the Federal Labour Court in Erfurt – has upheld the right of trade unions to organise striking workers on the premises of their employer. The dispute involved US on-line retailer Amazon and trade union Ver.di, and revolved around whether striking workers …. [more]


European Parliament and Council to negotiate over Working Conditions Directive
16 November 2018
The European Parliament has agreed to open negotiations with the Council (of Member State governments) over the draft Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions. In a slightly unusual move, the largest and 3rd largest parties in the Parliament (the centre-right EPP and …. [more]


European Works Councils and Brexit
15 November 2018
If the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement comes into effect, the European Works Council directive will continue to apply to the UK after Brexit on 29 March 2019 as though the UK were still an EU member state, under the terms of the transition period. However, after the transition period ends on 31 …. [more]


Brexit: Non-regression in employment laws, but no binding arbitration
15 November 2018
The text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement on Brexit provides for the continuing application of EU law (including employment directives) during the transition period which will run from 30 March 2019 to 31 December 2020 (see Article 127 on page 196). There is the possibility of a one-off …. [more]