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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
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.
9 June 2022
Chile: government backs 40-hour week
The Chilean president announced on 2 June that reducing working time will be one his government’s priorities. A bill to trim down the current 45-hour work week to 40 hours is to be presented to parliament after hearings with the social partners, as well as with academics, experts and research centres. This extensive consultation will take place from 13 to 24 June.
8 June 2022
Poland: minimum wage to rise almost 15% in 2023
In 2023 Poland’s government will raise the national minimum wage twice. Currently set at PLN 3,010 (€657) per month, the national minimum wage will rise to PLN 3,383 (€740) in January 2023 and then again to PLN 3,450 (€753) in July 2023, making an overall increase of 14.6 percent. The measure will be formalized by 15 September after it has been submitted to the Social Dialogue Council, which includes both employers’ and unions’ representatives. This increase will place Poland’s monthly minimum ahead...
7 June 2022
Germany: €12 per hour for the minimum wage alongside call for ‘concerted action’ to fight inflation
The week ending Friday 03 June concluded on a contradictory note as the Bundestag officially approved an increase in the minimum salary level and by doing so held good an election campaign promise made by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (c.f. article No.12846). The universal minimum salary that was established in 2015 is set to rise from January’s level of €9.82 gross per hour to €10.45 per hour on 01 July and then will thus rise again to €12 on 01 October. At the same time, the monthly limit for mini-job earnings...
1 June 2022
EU: during H1 2022 five EU Member States have raised their minimum salary levels
Since 01 January 2022 just five of the 27 EU Member States have raised their statutory minimum salary levels, namely Belgium and Luxembourg (01 April), France and Greece (01 May), and Romania (01 June). Two further Member States, Germany and the Netherlands have announced they will be raising their minimum salary levels for H2 2022 as of 01 July.