News archive 2017

European Court gives flexibility on timing of weekly rest period
9 November 2017
The European Court has ruled that the weekly rest period for workers provided by the working time directive does not necessarily have to be granted immediately after six days of work. In a case referred from Portugal (Maio Marques da Rosa v Varzim Sol) the employee argued that because he …. [more]

UK: Voluntary living wage rises to £10.20/hour in London
6 November 2017
The voluntary Living Wage is to rise to £8.75 an hour (up 30p or 3.6%) and to £10.20 in London (up 45p or 4.6%). The new rates must be paid by accredited Living Wage employers by 1st May 2018, and apply to all directly-employed staff aged 18+, as well as sub-contracted and self-employed …. [more]

UK Government plans to reinstate Employment Tribunal fees
3 November 2017
The Lord Chancellor has said the Government intends to reinstate Employment Tribunal fees, after they were struck down by the Supreme Court in July. David Lidington told MPs that the Supreme Court did not rule out charging fees entirely, and that they were necessary as a contribution to the …. [more]

EU member states reach compromise on posted workers
1 November 2017
EU employment ministers have greed their position on the Commission’s proposed revision of the posted workers directive, but greatly upset the EU eastern member states in the process. After 18 months of politically fraught negotiations, ministers agreed by a qualified majority to back a French- …. [more]

France: Roadmap presented for stage two of labour market reforms
30 October 2017
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and labour minister Muriel Pénicaud have presented a roadmap for the second stage of the government’s ambitious labour market reforms, covering apprenticeships, vocational training and unemployment insurance. A consultation on the reform of apprenticeships …. [more]