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30 January 2020
Italy: the Conte government launches a reflection on pensions
“Consultation is necessary to arrive at a shared proposal on reforming the pension system that can guarantee greater flexibility for exiting” the world of work, announced Labor Minister Nunzia Catalfo, who is looking “to structurally change the country’s pension system within the next ten years.” A...
28 January 2020
Great Britain: unlimited visas for top scientists after Brexit
On 27 January, the UK’s Conservative-led government announced that after Brexit, the world’s top scientists, researchers, and mathematicians will be given fast-tracked entry to the country thanks to a fast, tailored, and bespoke procedure, called Global Talent. The new system will not require those entering to have minimum salary levels nor employment contracts. Global Talent will open on 20 February 2020 and instead of via the immigration services this new entry route will be managed by the UK Research and...
28 January 2020
France: government adopts draft legislation reforming the country’s pension schemes
On 24 January, against a backdrop of mobilization by several of the country’s trade unions (the next inter-professional strike is scheduled for Wednesday 29 January), the French Government adopted two pieces of draft legislation geared to instituting a universal points-based pension system. This future universal system will mean an end to the current 42 professional pensions schemes that makes the French pension landscape as complicated as it is. However, although the new system will remain based on the...
27 January 2020
Italy: major boost to employee purchasing power
On the evening of 23 January, Italy’s council of ministers approved a decree-law that will reduce income tax for employees whose annual gross revenue is below €40,000. Italy’s 2020 budget law set aside close to €3 billion this year for the measure, which will affect 16 million workers and will take effect in July.
24 January 2020
Germany: ministry of employment sets up ‘council for the world of work’
On 21 January, German minister for employment and social affairs Hubertus Heil, of the SPD party, unveiled the 11 members of the new ‘council for the world of work’, which held its constituting session on the same day. This new board of experts, who come from different backgrounds, will provide the monitoring and forecasting that has been lacking on the topic, at a time when the world of work is undergoing major structural upheaval. In addition to an annual thematic report, the council will be responsible for...
24 January 2020
South Korea: men increasingly utilise paternity leave entitlement
The number of male employees in South Korea taking paternity leave reached a new record in 2019, which observers say demonstrates more widespread aspirations in the country to achieve a good work-life balance. According to statistics from the South Korean ministry for employment and labour, published on 22 January, 22,297 fathers working in the private sector took their leave entitlement in 2019. The figure marks a 26.2% increase on the previous year, when another sizeable rise was also recorded. According to the...
24 January 2020
United Kingdom: creation of a legal right to paid leave for bereaved parents
From 6 April, any UK parent who loses a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks of leave. The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, known as “Jack’s Law” in memory of a child who died in 2010 and whose mother has fought for it to be introduced, were adopted on 23 January. The new legal right grants any employee, from the first day of their employment, the right to two weeks of leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Bereaved...
23 January 2020
Switzerland: much debate underway for another people’s referendum on ‘limited immigration’
The Swiss government has set 17 May 2020 for a popular vote on ‘limited immigration’ that calls for ‘Switzerland to autonomously regulate foreign immigration flows’. If accepted then it would lead to the ending of free movement of people between Switzerland and the EU. The announcement has come at a time when fresh data published by SECO (State Economy Secretariat) shows that European companies have improved in terms of adhering to Switzerland’s right to work framework, as well as to its rules framing...
22 January 2020
Germany: Families Minister wants sanctions on companies failing to set female management board targets without valid justification
On 22 January 2020 the DIW Berlin (The German Institute for Economic Research) published its latest ‘Female Manager Barometer’ survey that revealed the proportion of women on the management and supervisory boards of Germany’s big companies had risen slightly in 2019. However in spite of the progress, the level of female representation at the company board level remains derisory, remarked the DIW. In a similar vein the German Families Minister (SPD) Franziska Giffey intends to harden the tone and announced in...
22 January 2020
Great Britain: government gives a voice to victims of sexual harassment at work
On 17 January 2020 the UK government launched a major survey of 12,200 victims of sexual harassment, giving them an opportunity to express themselves. The goal of the ruling Conservative government is to use their narratives to effect work-related legislative change if needed. According to a ComRes research report carried out for the BBC, in 2017 40% of UK females believed they had been subject to inappropriate sexual behavior at work. Minister for Women, Victoria Atkins stated, “This survey will help us build a...