Recent EU news

Latest items of recent news relevant to the European Union as reported in our fortnightly newswire.

European Union: GDPR and COVID-19

There are a number of data protection concerns that should be addressed by employers relating to the exceptional handling of health data in the context of the current pandemic …

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European Union: North Macedonia and Albania set to begin EU accession talks

The EU continues to seek the expansion of its Membership, with the ground now cleared for initial talks with Albania and North Macedonia …

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European Union :: May a part-time worker be employed longer on fixed-term contracts than a full-time worker?

EUROPEAN UNIONCourtEuropean Court of Justice (ECJ)CaseMinoo Schuch-Ghannadan v Medizinische Universität Wien Request for a preliminary ruling from the Arbeits- und Sozialgericht Wien (Case C-274/18)Date issued3rd October 2019SubjectMay a part-time worker be employed longer on fixed-term contracts than a full-time worker?SubstanceThe ECJ was asked whether the national law of Austria, which sets a longer maximum period of fixed-term employment for part-time employees than full-time employees, was in contravention of EU law …

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European Union: Customs agents

To the extent that customs agents are de facto company contractors means HR may sometimes become involved in their use …

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European Union: Female enrolment in degree courses

According to the latest available figures, the number of women enrolling for degree courses across the EU is 17% higher for women than men …

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European Union: New Schengen visa rules

New short-term Schengen tourist and business visa rules have come into force …

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European Union: Youth unemployment in December 2019

Between December 2018 and 2019, official rates of unemployment amongst those under 25 years old decreased by 143,000 to stand at 14 …

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European Union: How usual is it to work from home?

In 2018, the Netherlands (14%) once again topped the list of EU Member States with the highest percentage of employed persons (aged 15 to 64) who usually work from home …

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European Union: Women in science and technology in 2018

In 2018, of the 15 million professionally qualified scientists and engineers in the European Union (EU), 59% were men and 41% women …

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European Union: Closing the gender pension gap?

Over the decade from 2008 to 2018, the gender pension gap for people aged over 65 decreased from 34% to 30% …

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European Union: road transport posting Directive

As part of a review of the 2006 Enforcement Directive, the European Parliament approved on first reading last spring a measure that includes a sector-specific jobs posting Directive for the road transport sector …

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European Union: Trans-Atlantic trade dispute

There are no immediate HR repercussions to the growing trade dispute between the EU and USA …

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European Union: Whistleblowing Directive

The EU Whistleblowing Directive (2019/1937/EU) will now have to be implemented into national laws by the 17th of December 2021 …

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European Union: 1 in 10 employed persons at risk of poverty in 2018

According to latest available date from eurostat, in 2018, one in ten employed persons aged 18 years or over in the EU were found to be at risk of poverty …

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European Union: Commission encourages member states to ratify International Convention on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

The European Commission is urging EU Member States to ratify the “ILO Convention on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work” …

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