European Court rules on accrual of annual leave while on parental leave
4 October 2018
The latest European Court of Justice ruling on annual leave concerns the question should time spent on parental leave count as working time for the purpose of calculating entitlement to annual leave? This is yet another point on which the working time directive is silent. It will come as some …. [more]


Germany: Coalition agrees changes to immigration rules
1 October 2018
The coalition parties have agreed a deal to ease immigration rules in a bid to attract skilled workers from outside Europe. Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU, their Bavarian allies CSU and the centre-left SPD have agreed the new strategy to combat Germany’s worker shortage, and will now work up …. [more]


UK: Unite accuses HP of forum shopping over EWC negotiations
28 September 2018
The latest European Works Council case brought by trade union Unite to the Central Arbitration Committee challenges a company’s right to change the governing law applying to SNB negotiations midway through the process. US IT company Hewlett Packard Enterprise is currently negotiating a …. [more]


France: Unions ask employers to negotiate on broad range of employment issues
26 September 2018
Trade unions have written to employer groups inviting them to open national-level social partner negotiations on a broad range of employment-related issues. They include new forms of employment and platform working (eg Uber, Deliveroo); discrimination at work in hiring, and access …. [more]


UK: Review of Modern Slavery Act could see tougher penalties on employers
24 September 2018
The Home Office has commissioned an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act, which could lead to tougher penalties for employers who have to publish a modern slavery statement. The review is being led by Labour MP Frank Field, Conservative MP Maria Miller and retired judge …. [more]