News archive 2016

MEPs want longer parental leave
19 May 2016
The European Parliament wants unpaid parental leave in the EU raised from 4 months to at least 6, and a new EU-wide right for fathers of at least two weeks paternity leave. It also wants to extend the period when parents can take leave (the …. [more]


Germany: Draft agency worker law agreed
12 May 2016
The coalition government in Germany has agreed a draft law to restrict the use of temporary agency workers, after several months of discussions between the coalition parties. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine, it will come into force on 1st July …. [more]


French government forces labour law reform through Parliament without a vote
10 May 2016
The government forced its labour law reform Bill through the lower house of Parliament without a vote this week, after it became clear it would have been defeated. Around 30 rebel MPs from the ruling Socialist party oppose the Bill, …. [more]


MEPs push for EU whistleblowing directive
6 May 2016
Green MEPs in the European Parliament are renewing calls for an EU directive to protect whistleblowers. It follows the passing of a directive on protection of trade secrets which opponents say will weaken existing whistleblowing laws. The Greens …. [more]


UK: Trade Union Bill adopted, but no timescale for implementation
4 May 2016
The House of Lords has accepted the latest round of government concessions on the Trade Union Bill without any further changes. The Bill has therefore been agreed by Parliament, and has received Royal Assent. It now remains for the government to …. [more]