Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Austria as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Austria: Hours worked in the first half of 2019

According to Statistics Austria, in the first half of 2019, hours worked decreased by 0 …

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Austria: Credit for parental leave

It is now a right for those taking parental leave under Section 15f of the Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz; MSchG) to have all their parental leave period credited as ongoing service …

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Austria: ‘Daddy Month’ implemented

A new amendment to the Paternal Leave Act (Väter-Karenzgesetz; VKG) allows working fathers to take up to one month of unpaid parental leave in one block, on top of their statutory – collectively agreed – paid paternity leave …

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Austria: Maternity protection act

A New law amending the Maternity Protection Act has just come into force …

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Austria: New paternity leave entitlement

With effect from September 1st 2019 a number of important changes will be made to paternity leave …

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Australia: Industrial manslaughter to become a criminal offence in Victoria

Victoria‘s Occupational Health and Safety Act will shortly be amended to include the criminal offence of industrial manslaughter due to negligence …

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Austria: Amended Act against Unfair Competition has come into effect

An amended Act against Unfair Competition has come into effect …

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Austria: Good Friday law ‘discriminatory,’ top EU court rules

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the Austrian government’s practice of making Good Friday a paid public holiday only for certain christian religious groups is discriminatory …

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Austria: 10.9% of the working population are self-employed

New figures released by Statistics Austria show that in 2017, 10 …

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Austria: 12-hour workdays approved

Parliament has approved the introduction of 12-hour workdays and 60-hour workweeks on a temporary basis …

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Austria: Burqa ban

The country’s burqa ban is now leading police to stop individuals wearing a medical face mask in public …

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Austria: Companies remain active in continuing vocational training

According to Statistics Austria, 88 …

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Austria: Smoking ban

The Austrian parliament has established the principal that if any individual employee may object to smoking in their workplace …

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Austria: Part timers get protection

White-collar employees who work less than 20% of a normal working week are no longer exempted from the dismissal protection provisions of the Salaried Employees’ Act (Angestelltengesetz) …

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Austria: Sickleave for people who suffer from accident or illness

From July 1st 2018 if an apprentice is unable to work as a consequence of an accident or illness then they will be able to take up to eight weeks sickleave on full pay, with a further four weeks at half pay …

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