Recent news

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

Sweden: Changes to parental leave law

A measure to extend parental leave rights to registered partners has been passed by Parliament and is now in force …

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Sweden: Outdoor smoking now banned in certain places

A widespread ban on smoking cigarettes and ecigarettes in many public places is now effective …

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Sweden: Retirement age to be increased

Several related proposals are awaiting approval by the Riksdag (national parliament) …

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Sweden: Sick leave decreased

Over the year to Q1 2019, the average number of sickdays per employee decreased by 0 …

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Sweden: Labour market Q1 2019

During year ending Q1 2019, the number of hours worked increased by 2 …

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Sweden: Employment relationship

In a recent Labour Court case it was held that an individual was, in fact, not employed by the company with which he had entered into a contractual relationship …

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Sweden: SAS reaches deal with pilots’ union to end week-long strike

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has reached an agreement with the airline pilots association which gives pilots an annual salary increase of 3 …

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Sweden: Number of permanent employees continues to increase

According to Statistics Sweden, over the year to March 2019, the number of permanent employees continued to increase to 3,884,000 whilst the number of hours worked in Sweden increased by 2 …

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Sweden: Company private healthcare packages to subject to income tax

From the 1st of July 2019, company private healthcare packages will become subject to income tax …

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Sweden: Why Sweden is deporting high-skilled labor migrants

It is so common there is even a name for it “Kompetensutvisnin”, which means the throwing out of the country highly qualified people the economy needs …

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Sweden: Employment participation rate stood at 68.6% over the year to Q4 2018

Over the year to Q4 2018, the employment participation rate for people aged 15-74 in Sweden increased by 1% to 68 …

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Sweden: Muslim job applicant who refused handshake wins discrimination case

A Muslim female job applicant in Sweden who said she was discriminated against for declining to shake hands with a man at a job interview on religious grounds has won 40,000 kr (US$4,417) in compensation …

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Sweden/USA: Absenteeism continues to be a major day-to-day problem facing HR practitioners

Absenteeism continues to be a major day-to-day problem facing HR practitioners – particularly in sectors such as retailing …

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Sweden: The police now have extended powers to visit and search workplaces

The police now have extended powers to visit and search workplaces to determine if they employ undocumented foreign workers …

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Sweden: Written rehabilitation plan

If an employee is absent for more than sixty successive days their return to work must now be subject to a written rehabilitation plan …

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