Recent news

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

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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Austria: Notice periods will be harmonised

With effect from January 1st 2021, notice periods in Austria will be harmonised …

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Austria: Act on the registry of beneficial owners

Under the Beneficial Owner Register Act 2017, with effect from 15th of January 2018, all legal entities and trusts registered in Austria will have to report and fulfil their obligation to inform a new authority within the Austrian Ministry of Finance about all their beneficial owner(s) …

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Austria: Workplace smoking ban

From May the 1st 2018 the workplace smoking ban will be substantially tightened and apply to factory spaces as well as offices …

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