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25 January 2006
Great Britain: incapacity benefits will be severely limited
The work and pensions secretary has announced the main measures of a forthcoming reform of incapacity benefit (IB). IB is due to the sick, the handicapped and people in incapacity: the government wants to put back to work 1 million of the 2,7 million recipients of the incapacity benefit (IB) in order to save 7 billion Pounds (more than 10 billion euros) per year. The total cost of social security benefits is 12,5 billion Pounds per year (more than 18 billion euros). (Ref. 0664)
25 January 2006
Czech Republic : three experimental programs could lower unemployment in some areas
During the first half of this year, the Czech Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is going to launch three experimental programs (in Moravian-Silesian region, Karlove Vary and Usti nad Labem regions) aimed at reducing unemployment. The aim is to support part time employment and incentives (bonuses paid by the state) for people to cut their full time job to a part time one. The ministry estimates that around 500 people could find a new job. The programs’ costs should amount to 5 million CZK (about 17 500 euros)....
25 January 2006
Hungary : new rules for temporary staff
The main idea of the amendment is that temporary staff can no longer be a back-stair for employers. In many cases, employers had established a second firm specialised in providing the parent company with agency workers.
23 January 2006
Germany: bill to fight seasonal unemployment
On January 18th, the German government, in a cabinet meeting, introduced a draft law aimed at fighting the recurring rise of seasonal unemployment during winter months. It proposes to improve the current system of allowance and to extend it to all the branches touched by a fall in activity for climatic reasons (building, agriculture, forestry development, house painters, etc). (Ref. 0652)
23 January 2006
Latvia : changes in social sphere starting January 1st, 2006
Improving and developing the state’s social policy involving employment, social services and social assistance, social insurance and gender equality fields: these are the goals of the reforms that took effect on January 1st. (Ref. 0655)
20 January 2006
Denmark: debate on open borders for skilled immigrants
While unemployment is falling (4,5 % last November according to Eurostat), conservatives and liberals, currently in power in Denmark, want to open borders to skilled immigrants, in order to face the labour shortages which are starting to appear in certain sectors. (Ref 0641)