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21 July 2021
Italy: new measures supporting employees in struggling businesses
On 15 July, Italy’s Council of Ministers adopted urgent measures to protect employees of companies in the process of liquidation or closure. Thus the government will finance thirteen additional weeks of technical unemployment until 31 December 2021 for employees of companies in crisis ‘with a minimum of 1,000 employees and which manage at least one industrial site of national strategic interest.’ This initiative primarily concerns employees of Acciaierie di Italia Holding, the former Ilva di Taranto, which...
20 July 2021
Ireland: companies will soon be required to report their Gender Pay Gap data
With both legislative houses of Ireland’s Oireachtas having given their approval on 07 July, and the President’s signature all that remains outstanding, the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019 has finally made it to its final stage of enactment (track its progress here). This law will amend the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2015, and over time will require all companies with 50 or more employees to report annually on pay and bonus differences between men and women and to take action that reduce gender pay...
15 July 2021
France: leave of absence for vaccination appointments and new grounds for dismissal in health bill
The French government has set in motion the legislative process that will extend the so-called health pass (pass sanitaire) and make vaccination mandatory for health workers. Under the text, which has been submitted to the Council of State and seen by Planet Labor, there will be new grounds for dismissal of staff at establishments where members of the public must hold a health pass – meaning they are fully vaccinated or have proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test – in order to enter. Such establishments...
13 July 2021
Italy: the Draghi government is seeking more flexible fixed-term contracts with greater room for collective bargaining
By way of amendments to the Sostegni Bis decree (c.f. article No. 12536), currently under parliamentary debate, the Draghi government is dismantling one of the flagship measures of the 2018 ‘Dignity Decree’ law, which had severely tightened regulations on fixed-term employment contracts. If the Senate adopts the government initiative as is, then collective bargaining will be able to define conditions for renewing fixed-term employment contracts.
12 July 2021
Belgium: government launches consultation to inform bill regulating platform work
On Wednesday 7 July, the Belgian government announced that it is to launch a forum for consultation on how platform work should be regulated. So far the country’s government has taken a back seat on the topic (see article n° 12583), but according to Pierre-Yves Dermagne and David Clarinval – respectively labour and economy minister and minister for the self-employed – “the time has come for dialogue”. The consultation will be conducted via an online forum, where platform workers as well as users,...
8 July 2021
United States: President Biden tackling employer non-compete clauses
The White House is planning to issue an executive order aimed at curtailing non-compete clauses and the impact of occupational licenses, which prevent employees from getting a better job. President Joe Biden has committed to signing the text in the next few days, which would urge the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and the Justice Department to act to curtail these types of agreements.
30 June 2021
France: paternity leave extended from 11 to 25 calendar days
From 01 July 2021, fresh extensions to paternity and new children leave come into effect, rising from the current 11 to 25 calendar days for a single child, and from 18 to 32 calendar days for more than one child. As such, fathers, or if applicable, ‘the mother’s spouse, partner or person linked by a civil solidarity pact will see their total potential leave periods rise to 35 days when the three days of employer-paid legal child birth leave are also included. Introduced by the Social Security Financing Act...
29 June 2021
Ireland: government promises tax cuts to promote remote work
On 28 June, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment launched a major campaign called #MakingRemoteWork. Broadcast across the media and social networks, the aim is to encourage Irish companies and employees to further extend remote working. After having established a right to disconnect in April (c.f. article No.12452), the government is now seeking go even further. Tax exemptions will be introduced in the 2022 budget for companies and employees who resort to remote working, announced Tánaiste and...
28 June 2021
Japan: government proposes four-day week
In its annual economic policy programme, which was unveiled on 18 June, the Japanese government formally recommended an “optional” four-day working week. The intention is not only to free up time for those who want to take up training or change professions, but also to allow people to better divide their time between leisure, family, friends and work.
25 June 2021
Germany: final adoption of bill to introduce mandatory quota for women on company boards
On 25 June, two weeks after the vote in the Bundestag (Germany’s lower house of parliament), the Bundesrat, which represents the Länder, approved the bill on female representation in management roles. The bill will for the first time require firms with over 2,000 employees, which are listed on the stock exchange and subject to co-determination laws, to have at least one woman and at least one man on their management boards if the body has more than three members.