Recent EU news

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

European Union: Employee monitoring

Employers frequently regard employee monitoring as a labour relations matter and overlook that it is closely controlled under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) …

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European Union: Right to disconnect

The “right to disconnect” remains a controversial issue …

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European Union: Whistleblowing policies

This is a first reminder to employers with 50+ employees that by 17th December 2021 they will have to have set up a fully operational whistleblowing scheme under Directive 2019/1937 to protect persons reporting breaches under European Union Law …

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European Union: New HGV regulations

The European Commission has sprung new driving regulations on road transport operators, which took effect on 20th August 2020 …

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European Union: Language laws

A number of European Union countries such as France, Lithuania, and Slovakia continue to operate language laws that outlaw the use of foreign languages, even if they are the common language of the parties concerned …

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European Union: A new push for European Democracy

The European Commission launched its latest action plan earlier this year under the banner of “Human Rights and Democracy” …

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European Union: Wage levels for road transport drivers

Although the European Union has no authority under its Treaty to dictate wage levels (or the process of reaching them), it continues to try to do so …

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European Union: Platform workers

The European Commission is hell-bent on increasing unionisation across the EU, and doing so at every opportunity …

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European Union: Annual growth in labour costs at 3.7% – Q1 2020

There is now evidence that one effect of the lockdown may have been to cool the growing inflation of labour costs, particularly in Eastern Europe …

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European Union: Social Partner Framework Agreement on Digitalisation

A European “Social Partner Framework Agreement on Digitalisation” published this June comes about 30 years too late and is as irrelevant and unwelcome now as it would have been then …

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European Union: Job posting nightmare

The deadline for the revised EU Posting of Workers Directive (2018/957/EU) is the end of July 2020 …

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European Union: New migration pact set for start of summer

A new “European Pact on Immigration and Asylum” announced in January 2020 was put back to this Summer due to the health crisis …

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European Union: Back to the workplace – adapting workplaces and protecting workers

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is not an organisation that cuts across anyone’s path too often, but it has produced its own useful, if sometimes over-detailed and impractical, set of guidelines on “returning to safe work” (in pdf form) …

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European Union: How usual is it to work from home in 2019?

In 2019, 5 …

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European Union: What’s happening to collective bargaining?

Collective bargaining during the crisis has largely been suspended, although trade unions have been actively involved with some governments, like Sweden, in the formation of national initiatives to deal with the crisis, and also more piecemeal agreements to cover sectoral issues – such as IG Metall’s deal with employers in the German State of North Rhine Westphalia providing extra vacation days if employees have young children …

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