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28 October 2019
Greece : reform package for growth approved by parliament
Late on Thursday 24 October, the Greek parliament voted on a package of reforms to boost growth in the country. The so-called ‘grand bill for growth’, brought forward by the conservative prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, seeks to facilitate privatisation, reform labour law – particularly as regards...
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...
23 October 2019
Brazil : the economy, pensions, and jobs – Bolsonaro’s disappointing first year report
A year ago on 28 October 2018, Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election. Upon taking up the reins of power in January 2019 the president named a government consistent with a clearly liberal economic approach and incarnated by the economist Mr. Paulo Guedes, as head of the ‘super’ Ministry that combined the Economy (that itself includes the former Labor Ministry), Finance, Industry, Commerce, and Planning portfolios. The new administration announced several reforms addressing pensions, privatization,...
18 October 2019
Italy: boost to employee purchasing power in 2020 budget
Under the draft budget approved by Italy’s Council of Ministers, overnight between 15 and 16 October, the tax burden on employees will be reduced from next year. The measure should take effect from July 2020 and is to release some €3 billion in 2020 and between €5.5 billion and €6 billion in 2021. Speaking to Il Sole 24 Ore on Thursday, Italy’s economy and finance minister Roberto Gualtieri said: “As regards the methods of application, we are currently in discussions with social partners.” According...
17 October 2019
Chile: political conflict surrounding weekly working time
Chile’s Chamber of Deputies plenary session on 23 October promises to be a landmark assembly, for on this day the opposition-dominated chamber will likely vote for draft legislation formulated by two communist-party deputies. The text, which dates back to 2017, intends for weekly working time to fall from 45 hours to 40 hours (c.f. article No. 11330). Public opinion polls show people are backing this bill as they toil in a country with working hours among the highest in the OECD. Alongside this another piece of...
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.
16 October 2019
Mexico : US legislators closely examining the labor reform’s difficult initial steps
Ratification of the future North American free-trade treaty hinges on US democrat legislators, who have concerns over the concrete implementation of Mexico’s labor reforms. The Mexican government is regularly highlighting progress on the implementation of the country’s most ambitious ever labor reform program that is dedicated to freedom of association and to a thorough modernization of the labor justice system.
14 October 2019
Finland: 2020 budget sets aside funding to foster the recruitment of skilled workers
The government of Finland has just unveiled its budget for 2020, which includes a jobs package aimed at facilitating the recruitment of skilled workers by companies. The measures were prepared by sub-groups of the tripartite working group for promoting employment (made up of government, employers and unions). The working group will continue to focus on this topic up until April 2020. The employment package represents a further €300 million when compared to the previous budget.
14 October 2019
Germany : a net rise in regular employment?
Is German growth creating only unstable jobs or is it leading to more regular employment? To this important question, which is often exploited for political ends, Germany’s federal statistics agency offers an optimistic answer. According to figures published on 10 October, the German economy is clearly producing more regular jobs than previously. The threshold of 70% of jobs being defined as regular – in other words an open-ended employment contract for at least 21 hours a week of work – was exceeded in 2018. Currently, 70.3% of all jobs in Germany qualify as regular and it is the first time since 2002 that this proportion has been...
8 October 2019
Ireland : draft legislation under debate that would extend paid leave to new parents by two weeks
The draft ‘Parents Leave and Benefit Bill’ (c.f. document attached), brought by three Government Ministers, is currently undergoing parliamentary debate and aims to come into force on 01 November 2019. The draft Bill intends for two weeks paid ‘Parents’ leave’ for each parent, to be taken in one or two lots during the first year following a child’s birth/adoption and applies in addition to current maternity, paternity and adoptive leave entitlements. The additional leave would be paid at the same rate...