European ER news

The following is a selection of items from our weekly bulletin to member companies. Please contact us if you would like to receive our bulletin on a trial basis.


EU Commission proposes whistleblowing directive
26 Apr 2020
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]


Directive to allow companies to transfer their registered office
24 Apr 2020
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]


France: Labour ministry issues guidance on labour reforms
19 April 2020
The Labour ministry has issued the first two of a set of guidance documents on the main labour reforms enacted last year (for which see our update of 28 September). The first covers the new social and Economic Committee (comité social et économique or CSE) which will merge three current …. [more]


ECJ says airlines must compensate passengers over wildcat strikes
17 Apr 2020
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]


Coronavirus – untaken annual leave allowed to be carried over
27 March 2020
Regulations have been laid in Parliament allowing employees to carry forward 4 weeks of their annual leave entitlement where it is “not reasonably practicable” to take it during their leave year “as a result of the effects of coronavirus (including on the worker, the employer or the wider …. [more]


Trade union recommendations to EWCs on Covid-19
30 March 2020
European Trade Union Federations have joined forces to issue a list of recommendations to European Works Councils on what to do in light of the Coronavirus epidemic. The seven recommendations drawn up by the likes of IndustriAll and UNI Europa are: …. [more]


ETUC wants companies to stop shareholder pay outs during Coronavirus crisis
31 March 2020
The European Trade Union Confederation is calling on banks and big business “to do their bit to overcome the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis by suspending dividends payments and share buybacks”. It says most companies would normally be set to pay out dividends shortly …. [more]