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14 September 2022
EU: European Parliament adopts directive on minimum wages
On 14 September, almost two years after the European Commission presented the directive on adequate minimum wages, it has been adopted by a majority of EU Parliament members (505 for,  92 against). The directive proposes mandatory criteria for increasing the minimum wage (purchasing power, overall wage...
6 July 2022
EU: MEPs call for measures to prevent ‘technostress’* and ‘over-connection’
On 05 July, a majority of the EU parliament adopted a resolution ‘urging’ measures from the EU Commission to tackle the issue of mental health in the digital workplace. The MEPs once again called on the EU Commission to adopt a Directive establishing a framework for the right to disconnect at the European level, and which should become possible by the forthcoming agreement of the social partners on the subject (c.f. article No.13117). The EU parliamentarians have also called for the definition of standards for...
30 June 2022
France and Switzerland consider new rules allowing cross-border workers to continue teleworking
Even though the health-related state of emergency is over, the expiry date for a derogatory agreement between France and Switzerland, concluded on 13 May 2020, that allowed border and cross-border workers to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic without having to alter their taxation regime, has been extended from 30 June 2022 to 31 October 2022. As teleworking is expected to continue beyond the health crisis period, both countries agreed in a joint statement published on 29 June on “the importance of...
28 June 2022
EU: social partners establish the basis for a directive on telework and the right to disconnect
In Brussels on 28 June, the European social partners are signing their joint 2022-2024 work program. In it is an ‘historic agreement’ between the European Trade Union Confederation, BusinessEurope, SMEUnited (SMEs) and SGI Europe (public services) that is geared to updating their earlier joint text, the 2002 Autonomous Agreement on Telework. The social partners are seeking to take digitalisation and the lessons of the covid-19 health crisis into account, and to establish a framework for hybrid work, remote...
23 June 2022
EU: large companies to be required to report on their social policies
On 21 June, the European Parliament and Council of the EU reached an agreement on a text amending the 2013 directive on financial information that companies with over 250 employees are required to report. The amendment adds “sustainability” information to that companies are obliged to disclose in their financial reports. In terms of social topics, companies will have to report on their progress on working conditions, social dialogue, salaries, equal opportunities for men and women, work-life balance...
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),...
7 June 2022
EU: agreement on the draft directive on adequate minimum wages
During night session negotiations on 07 June, the EU Council and European Parliament validated the draft directive on adequate minimum wages in the European Union (c.f. article No.12199). Both institutions must now formally vote to confirm this provisional agreement, which, once adopted, should then contribute to helping ‘to achieve decent working and living conditions for European employees’. EU Member States already operating with legal minimum wages (c.f. article No.12854 and No.13080) will then have two...
14 March 2022
EU: employment ministers unblock directive to increase the number of women on boards
The proposed directive on “improving the gender balance among directors of companies listed on stock exchanges” was backed by a majority of European Union member states in the Council of the EU on 14 March. First unveiled by the European Commission in 2012, the directive was blocked for years due to differences regarding the constraints that would be imposed and the calendar for meeting the targets set (see article n°9406). However, France has put the issue back on the agenda, having assumed the Presidency of...
8 March 2022
EU: females still being paid 13% less than male counterparts in 2020
Latest Eurostat data show that the gender difference in gross hourly average earnings in the EU 27 Member States was still 13% in favour of men. Beyond the persistence of wage inequality within the Member States, this gap, which is calculated on the basis of all employees’ salaries, bears witness to the difference in gender-based access to the best paid positions.
23 February 2022
EU: EU draft directive on corporate sustainability due diligence finally unveiled
On 23 February, and following approval by the College of Commissioners, the European Commission presented its long-awaited draft directive on due diligence. Although NGOs had been worried that repeated postponements would mean a watering down of the text, the broad definition of companies coming under its scope has been retained and the text imposes a wide range of due diligence obligations on them, even including them having to alter their strategies when their business activities run counter to climate...
14 February 2022
EU: disabled workers unable to do their job must be reassigned provided it does not constitute a “disproportionate burden” for the employer
In a judgment passed on 10 February 2022, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that “where a worker becomes permanently incapable of remaining in his or her job because of the onset of a disability, reassignment to another job may constitute an appropriate measure in the context of reasonable accommodation”, under Article 5 of Directive 2000/78. The ruling emanates from...