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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.
24 January 2006
Transitional periods for employment to remain
Next February 8th, the Commission will draw a balance over the free movement of workers from Central Europe, nearly 2 years after the last enlargement. Austria and Germany are againt the abolition of the transitional period. (Ref. 0658)
24 January 2006
EU employment ministers very tempted by Flexisecurity
During the informal Council of Employment and Social Affairs that took place on January 19-21 in Villach, Austria, the ministers committed themselves to go “forward together with the social partners for a social Europe” . (Ref. 0657)
24 January 2006
The work visa regime applied by Germany to nationals of non-member states posted by service providers established in other member states is contrary to the freedom to provide services
The Court of Justice of the European Communities has concluded that the German practice based on the checking of certain criteria, in advance of the posting, and restriction of posting to workers employed for less than a year by the provider established in another Member State, violated the provisions on the freedom to provide services. (Ref. 0654)
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)