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29 October 2019
EU : the ETUC campaigns for full implementation of the EU Directive on Work-Life Balance
In a press statement published on 29 September 2019, the European Trade Union Confederation underlined that in order to fully transpose EU Directive 1158/2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers (c.f. article No. 11231), seven countries will have to introduce paternity leave, while others will have to extend its duration. Alongside the statement, the ETUC also published the result of its study, ‘REBALANCE, Trade unions’ strategies ad good practices to promote work-life balance’ (attached). which...
24 October 2019
EU judges dilute the role of social partners in European social policy making
Is the European Commission required to implement an agreement concluded between European social partners as part of the consultation procedure intended by the Treaty? In a ruling handed down on 24 October, the Tribunal of the European Union ruled that the European Commission, which has sole authority in terms of social policies even if the social partners have used their rights to negotiate such an agreement. For the Luxemburg Court, the European Commission remains the guardian of the general interest, while the...
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 agreements. On 16 October 2019, the European Commission officially launched the start of the ELA’s work during its inaugural ceremony, which welcomed participants including the European Commission President,...
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 occur within two years of its publication in the EU Official Journal. For more information on its content we invite you to read article No. 11044 and to the directive attached below.
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 EU law.  Under the text, the directive should be transposed by EU Member States within two years of its publication in the EU’s Official Journal. All organisations with 250 employees or more will have to...
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.