News archive 2016

Germany: Coalition Agreement commitments overdue
8 September 2016
With Federal elections a year away, trade unions are pressing the government to get on with enacting laws it committed to in the 2013 Coalition Agreement but which are not yet on the Statute book. These include:…. [more]


BusinessEurope concerned by Commission’s Pillar of Social Rights
24 August 2016
Employers group BusinessEurope says the EU Commission’s plans for a “Pillar of Social Rights” will not help achieve the goal of improving people’s situation and prospects in Europe. In a position paper it says the European pillar of social rights …. [more]


Support building for EU-level whistleblowing law
8 July 2016
Support is building in Brussels for EU-level legislation on whistleblowing. In a debate in the European Parliament this week, most MEPs argued that further EU legislation is needed. At present there is none, though a recently agreed directive on …. [more]


MEPs say European Social Pillar must be top priority for 2017
7 July 2016
MEPs in the European Parliament have said citizens’ working and living conditions must be the top priority for the EU Commission in 2017, in particular turning its European “pillar of social rights” into specific initiatives. Parliament has adopted …. [more]


The implications of Brexit for European Works Councils
30 June 2016
With almost all EU employment-related directives, it will be permissible for the UK to maintain any of its legislation which currently implements those directives, for example on working time or agency workers, once it has formally left the EU. The …. [more]