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21 June 2022
Luxembourg : unrestricted telework for border workers coming to an end
After more than two years of unrestricted teleworking, almost 216,000 German, Belgian, and French border workers will have to return to work in Luxembourg companies. This is because extraordinary teleworking agreements concluded between Luxembourg and its border countries of Germany, Belgium and France will end on 30 June 2022. These special provisions were put in place on an Covid-19 emergency basis in March 2020 and provided for teleworking days undertaken from an employee’s main residence to be considered as...
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20 June 2022
Portugal: whistle-blower protection legislation comes into force
Law No. 93/2021, published in the Diário da República (Official Gazette) on 20 December 2021, entered into force six months later on 18 June. Under this new law, which transposes the European Directive of 23 October 2019 (c.f. article No. 11403) into Portuguese national law, any person who “publicly denounces or discloses an offence on the basis of information obtained in the course of his or her professional activity” now enjoys protection. It is therefore forbidden to carry out “acts of...
20 June 2022
France: the ‘Barème Macron’ (‘Macron scale’ – employment termination compensation corridor) weakened by the European Committee of Social Rights
The European Committee of Social Rights (previously, the European Committee of Social Rights) established under the auspices of the Council of Europe, has challenged the capping of industrial labour tribunal compensation, in spite of its validation by the Court of Cassation in May. In a decision that should be made public in September but has been revealed in an article in the Le...
17 June 2022
Peru: new law on remote working introduces right to disconnect
A new law recently adopted by the Peruvian parliament aims to regulate remote work and thus provide better protection for employees. The bill, which still needs to be approved by the executive branch, provides for the payment of equipment and costs related to remote work as well as a right to disconnect, among other things. It will replace an emergency regulation that was adopted in 2020, which succeeded a 2013 law that was considered “rigid”.
16 June 2022
Poland: draft legislation proposed to combat alcoholism in the workplace and provide the basis for remote working
On 07 June a bill amending the Labour Code was submitted to Poland’s lower house of Parliament (Sejm), which enables employers to utilise preventative means to curb employee alcoholism. Employers will be able to monitor employee sobriety by way of breathalyser testing. Employees detected with alcohol in his/her system will not be allowed to work. The goal is restrict the number of work situations occurring under a state of intoxication and to consequently ensure, “the safety of the employees and others, as...
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15 June 2022
Ireland: government looking to opt for a new minimum wage based on the median wage
On 14 June Ireland’s government cabinet announced that the national minimum wage will be phased out by 2026 and replaced by a new ‘living wage’ that will be calculated annually and referenced against the median wage level. This unprecedented overhaul will require effort by companies and as such should be established on a gradual process.
14 June 2022
International Labour Organization makes occupational safety and health its fifth fundamental principle and right at work
During the 111th International Labour Conference, held in Geneva from 27 May to 11 June, and attended by the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) 187 member states, as well as both workers’ and employers’ representatives, the ILO adopted what has been described as an ‘historic’ resolution. This resolution adds an additional fifth principle of a “safe and healthy working environment” to the ILO’s existing four fundamental principles and rights at work, namely; the freedom of...
14 June 2022
Sweden: new employment protection rules
On 08 June 2022, Sweden’s parliament (Riksdag) passed a number of amendments to its employment protection legislation. The aim of the new rules that were adopted is to make the legislation more flexible and to provide more guarantees for both employees and employers. The transposition of the EU directive on transparent working conditions into Swedish law on 29 June 2022 will also bring further changes to the law.
13 June 2022
EU: MEPs call for ban on import of products made with forced labour
In a resolution adopted on 9 June, members of the European Parliament called on the European Commission to ban the “import and export of products made or transported by forced labour”. The trade instrument sought by the Parliament would be compatible with the rules of the World Trade Organisation and would have to be supplemented so that the ban would also apply to trade within EU countries. Contrary to the EU directive on due diligence (presented last December by the Commission, see article n°12924),...