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Italy: Dismissal for misuse of work time and equipment upheld

The Supreme Court of Italy has ruled that it was legitimate for a worker to be dismissed for playing games on the office computer during working hours … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining …

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Irish Republic: Maternity benefits standardized

Further to the Irish Republic’s Budget 2014, maternity and adoptive benefits are due to be standardised at a rate of 230 euros per week for new claimants as from January 6th 2014 … Please login to view this content or …

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Irish Republic: Sick leave waiting period increased

The sickness benefit waiting period in the Republic of Ireland is due to increase by three days from January 6th 2014 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Austria: Latest collective agreements available on new website

The latest collective agreements in Austria are now available at http://www … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Netherlands: Strict procedures for demotion

A Court of Appeal decision in the Netherlands has highlighted the importance of strictly following the correct procedure when assessing performance and making demotions … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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France: More powers for the labour inspectorate

A draft reform of the labour inspectorate has been presented to the Council of Ministers in France … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Switzerland/Bulgaria: New double tax agreement

A new double tax treaty between Bulgaria and Switzerland is due to come into force on January 1st 2014 … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Irish Republic: No more “stateless” companies

Further to the Republic of Ireland’s Budget 2014, legislation has now been published that will ensure Irish registered companies cannot be “stateless” as regards their place of tax residence … Please login to view this content or become a member …

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United Kingdom: Promise of tax breaks for paying the living wage

The British Labour party has announced that if they win the next general election they will give companies tax rebates amounting to an average £445 per year for each worker whose salary is increased to the so-called “living wage” … …

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Latvia: Draft amendments to labour laws

Saeima, the Parliament of Latvia, has accepted at first reading a range of amendments to the Latvian Labour Law … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Germany: Fighting against abuse of contracts for work

A draft Bill “to fight the misuse of contracts for work (Werkvertrag) and to prevent evasion of labour law obligations” has been put before the federal government of Germany … Please login to view this content or become a member …

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Turkey: Improved maternity and paternity rights under discussion

Working parents in Turkey could soon benefit from improved maternity and paternity leave rights … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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Switzerland: Training tax exemption rejected

A proposal to exempt professional training allowances from tax has been rejected by the Swiss Federal Council … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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European Union: EU whistleblower protection denied

Despite pressure from MEPs, the European Commission has decided not to introduce EU-wide whistleblower protection laws before the end of the year … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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European Union: Age-related pension contributions not discriminatory

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a pension system based on age-related contributions does not necessarily breach laws against age discrimination … Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now …

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