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16 October 2019
EU: European Labour Authority becomes a working reality
Companies looking to offer its services in another EU Member State or employ staff from different EU Member States could soon be able to turn to the European Labour Authority (ELA) and receive clear and precise information on applicable rules and regulations, including information on sector collective...
16 October 2019
EU : key points from the whistleblowers directive (infography)
The Directive of the European parliament and of the council on the protection of persons who report breaches of union law was adopted by the EU Council Ministers on 07 October, and intends to better protect those who report illegal activities and/or those violating EU law. Member State transposition should...
7 October 2019
EU : directive to protect whistleblowers adopted
On 7 October, the Council of the European Union adopted the draft directive on whistleblower protection, thereby closing the legislative procedure. The aim of the directive is to afford better protection to whistleblowers, who report illegal activity or activity that runs contrary to the aims or purposes of...
1 October 2019
EU : newly designated Commissioner in charge of Employment Nicolas Schmit commits to strengthening social dialogue for successful digital transformation
Confirmed on 01 October as European Commissioner in charge of Employment, Luxembourg candidate Nicolas Schmit spoke of the need to strengthen social dialogue and especially in terms of the digital transformation process. The new Commissioner also spoke of his intention to work towards a framework for the gig economy while nonetheless remaining somewhat vague and cautious on arrangements...
10 September 2019
EU: incoming EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen presents her gender-balanced political team
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has kept to her first commitment of gender parity. Set to head up the European Commission over the upcoming five years Ursula von der Leyen presented her selection for the EU College of Commissioners, comprising an equal number of males and females. With ten years experience as National Employment and Labour Minister, Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg) is the new Commissioner-designate for the ‘Jobs’ portfolio.
19 July 2019
EU: mini portrait of incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, through 7 articles from Planet Labor
On 16 July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen became the first woman to be elected president of the European Commission (see article n°11232). She will commence the role in November. A German politician, born in Belgium, she is a member of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany). Having been picked out by Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen became minister for family in the German chancellor’s first grand coalition (2005 to 2009), before serving as minister for labour and social affairs (2009 to 2013) and,...
17 July 2019
EU: carbon neutrality, minimum wage, collective bargaining, and a European unemployment reinsurance fund are among the new EU Commission President’s policy priorities
On 16 July 2019, the European Parliament’s three biggest political groups in terms of seats, the EPP (Christian-Democrats), the S&D (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats), and the Renew Europe (successor to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group), backed the EU Council candidate for the position of President of the EU Commission. Current German Defense...
16 July 2019
EU: Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers, is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)
The new ‘work life balance’ Directive was published in the OJEU on 12 July. Now EU Members have until 02 August 2022 to align their own national legislation to this new EU text that requires a part of parental leave to be ‘remunerated’/’compensated’ and introduces a minimum 10-day paid paternal leave period as well as a carer leave period (unpaid) of 5 days. The text also adds flexibility to working time arrangements for parents and carers.
12 July 2019
Great Britain: government aims to bolster protection of workers from sexual harassment
The UK minister for women and inequalities, Penny Mordaunt, has unveiled a new action plan to offer better protection to people who fall victim to sexual harassment. The plan involves an extensive consultation on the matter, which reflects on the need to make employers legally responsible for protecting their male and female employees. The consultation also considers new measures to protect workers from harassment by third parties.
11 July 2019
EU: Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission Presidential candidate seeks to put the environment and social issues at center of her future mandate
On 10 July, CDU (German Conservative Party) member Ursula von de Leyen met with seven EU parliamentary groups as she sought to present her set of priorities in a bid to win their backing for her candidacy as European Commission President, the vote for which is set for 16 July. During a press conference following the meetings, the President-elect sketched out her two primary axes for the...
11 July 2019
EU: Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)
The new ‘working conditions Directive was published in the OJEU on 11 July (here). Now EU Members have until 01 August 2022 to align their own national legislation to this new EU text that help to enhance the information to be passed on to employees in the early stages of an employment relationship (as regards place or places of work, the right to training, paid leave, notice period for contract terminations, etc.), hence the reference to the notion of transparency in its title. Above all however, it covers the...
8 July 2019
EU: members of new parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs committee named
In a statement issued on 4 July, the names of the 55 full members and 55 substitute members of the Employment and Social Affairs committee of the newly elected European Parliament were confirmed. The committee will have its first meeting on 10 July. Of the 55 MEPs who sat on the previous committee, only 8 remain in place. Newly elected MEPs account for 44 of the positions on the committee. The make-up of the new European Parliament is reflected in the number of committee members from each political group: 13 come...
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21 June 2019
EU: Council of Ministers sets out its strategic priorities for the next five years
The European elections marked the beginning of a new cycle at the European Union’s main institutions, with the composition of a new European Parliament and, soon, that of a new Commission. It is against this backdrop that Member States on the one hand, and MEPs on the other, have been working in recent weeks to draft what they believe should be the strategic agenda for the next five years. While the strategic agenda of MEPs is yet to be assembled, that of Member States was adopted during the most recent European...