News archive 2017

French government promises to raise statutory redundancy pay
14 July 2017
Labour minister Muriel Pénicaud has promised to raise the level of statutory redundancy pay as a quid pro quo for limiting compensation for unfair dismissal. The reform was announced in Parliament during debate on the Government’s enabling legislation for its Labour Code reforms (see …. [more]

Mixed views amongst French unions over merger of staff representation bodies
13 July 2017
Trade unions are divided over the Government’s plans to merge three staff representation bodies within companies – the works council, the staff delegation and the health and safety committee. The hard-left CGT said it would mean elected officials become professionals …. [more]

UK – Review of modern working practices
11 July 2017
The Taylor review of modern working practices entitled Good work makes a host of recommendations for adapting employment law to new ways of working and giving new rights to workers. They include: …. [more]

BusinessEurope takes aim at EU Commission’s Pillar of Social Rights
13 July 2017
BusinessEurope, which represents larger private sector employers in Europe, has strongly criticised the Commission’s European Pillar of Social Rights as well as its “reflection paper” on the social dimension of Europe. In an orientation paper it says …. [more]

EU-Japan trade agreement typically light on social obligations
6 July 2017
The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, agreed in principle this week, has only very modest and generalised provisions on social/employment issues, which is typical of such agreements, and is likely to serve as a model for an EU-UK trade deal. The agreement – which is yet to be finalised – …. [more]