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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2018 review 16 July 2018, 16:46 CET
This year's edition of the European Commission's yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review confirms confirms the ongoing positive labour market trends as well as an improving social situation. The numbers of people in employment reached new record levels. At the same time we witness rising disposable incomes and lower levels of poverty. Severe material deprivation has receded to an all-time low, with 16.1 million fewer people affected, compared with 2012.

MEPs back work-life balance reforms 16 July 2018, 18:35 CET
The EU Parliament's Employment Committee gave its backing Wednesday to approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women's chances in the labour market.

Le Pen must repay EUR 300,000: EU Court 20 June 2018, 17:25 CET
Former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen MEP must repay almost EUR 300,000 to the European Parliament, the EU's top Court confirmed Tuesday, for the employment of a parliamentary assistant.

2018 Skills Forecast 12 June 2018, 22:48 CET
The EU agency for the Development of Vocational Training has published its 2018 skills forecast, with insights in tomorrow's trends in skills demand and supply. The Forecast projections suggest that four in five new jobs will require a high level of skills. The Forecast also projects fast growth of high-skills occupations, with some growth in certain less-skilled jobs (for example, sales, security, cleaning, catering and caring occupations).

MEPs look to tackle drivers' working time fraud 08 June 2018, 00:04 CET
MEPs on the European Parliament's Transport Committee voted Monday to update EU rules on road transport, to fight illegal practices and to help improve the employment conditions of drivers.

Equal pay for equal work for EU workers posted abroad 30 May 2018, 18:25 CET
Workers posted temporarily to another EU country must get equal pay for equal work in the same place, under revised rules on the posting of workers given the green light by the European Parliament on Tuesday.

Member States need to do more on pensions, says EU 02 May 2018, 23:37 CET
Further measures are needed if EU Member States are to maintain the income of men and women for the duration of retirement and prevent old-age poverty, an EU report on pensions adequacy said Monday.

New Company Law Rules 25 April 2018, 20:13 CET
The European Commission proposed on 25 April new company law rules with a view to making it easier for companies to merge, divide or move within the EU Single Market.

Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2018-19 25 April 2018, 17:29 CET
The Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2018-19, Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances, aims to raise awareness of dangerous substances in the workplace and disseminate information about how exposure can be prevented. The campaign is coordinated at national level by EU-OSHA's focal points and supported by official campaign and media partners and the Enterprise Europe Network. It has five main objectives: to raise awareness of the relevance and importance of managing dangerous substances in Europe's workplaces; to promote risk assessment, elimination and substitution by providing practical tools and examples of good practice; to raise awareness of the risks of exposure to carcinogens by supporting the exchange of good practices; to target specific groups of workers who are at greater risk, by providing tailored facts and figures and guidance on good practice; to increase awareness of developments in policy and legislation, by providing a plain language overview of the existing legislation and guidance.

Member states approve posting of workers compromise 12 April 2018, 13:43 CET
EU ambassadors approved Wednesday a compromise text negotiated with the Euro-Parliament on the posting of workers - employees sent to work in another EU member state on a temporary basis.

Brussels proposes new action against carcinogins at the workplace 05 April 2018, 17:23 CET
The European Commission proposed new measures Thursday to limit workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals, as well as other health problems.

MEPs and Council strike posting of workers deal 21 March 2018, 18:48 CET
Workers sent temporarily to another EU country would from now on get equal pay for equal work in the same place, under a provisional deal agreed on Tuesday between MEPs and EU Ministers.

New European framework promotes quality apprenticeships 15 March 2018, 23:07 CET
EU employment ministers boosted the development of a skilled and qualified workforce Thursday with the adoption of a recommendation for a European framework for quality and effective apprenticeships.

European Labour Authority 14 March 2018, 00:25 CET
The European Commission adopted on 13 March a proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Labour Authority.

Firefighter's standby time is working time: EU Court 23 February 2018, 00:26 CET
Stand-by time of a firefighter on call at home, who is obliged to respond to calls from an employer within a short period, must be regarded as ‘working time’, the EU's top Court ruled on Thursday.

Employment in EU better than expected in 2017 12 February 2018, 17:47 CET
Backed by robust economic growth, employment in the EU continued to rise more strongly than expected in the third quarter of 2017, while unemployment figures declined further according to new figures.

EU moves to protect worker conditions 24 December 2017, 12:56 CET
With a renewed focus on social rights, the European Commission adopted on 22 December a proposal for a new Directive for more transparent and predictable working conditions across the EU.

Increasing transparency and predictability of working conditions 24 December 2017, 12:49 CET
As part of the follow-up to the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission has adopted today a proposal for a new Directive for more transparent and predictable working conditions across the EU

EU Court rules in favour of worker's right to paid leave 29 November 2017, 22:58 CET
The EU's top court ruled Wednesday that a worker is still entitled to accumulated paid leave even if an employer has not put him in a position to exercise his right to paid annual leave.

Europe's smaller businesses back to pre-crisis employment levels 23 November 2017, 22:59 CET
Employment levels and value added in Europe's smaller businesses rose for the third consecutive year in 2016, exceeding 2008 levels for the first time since the financial crisis, an EU report showed Thursday.

European Vocational Skills Week 21 November 2017, 23:27 CET
From 20 to 24 November 2017, the European Commission is organising the second European Vocational Skills Week, building on the success of last year's initiative. Why a European Vocational Skills Week? Skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity. This is at the heart of the New Skills Agenda

Weekly rest period allows for flexibility, rules EU Court 09 November 2017, 21:51 CET
A worker's weekly rest period can be granted on any day during each seven-day period, and does not necessarily have to be granted the day following six consecutive working days, the EU Court ruled Thursday.

Organisation of working time - Working Time Directive 09 November 2017, 21:01 CET
To protect workers' health and safety, working hours must meet minimum standards applicable throughout the EU. The Working Time Directive sets out minimum safety and health requirements for the organisation of the working time of workers. These cover: minimum periods of daily and weekly rest, annual leave, breaks and maximum weekly working time; aspects of night and shift work.

EU Globalisation Fund proves its worth 01 November 2017, 23:36 CET
An EU report on the performance of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, published Wednesday, affirms its role in providing support to people losing their jobs as a result of globalisation.

European Week for Safety and Health at Work 27 October 2017, 00:11 CET
Held each year in October (calendar week 43), the European Week for Safety and Health at Work is a highlight of every Healthy Workplaces Campaign. With hundreds of awareness-raising events taking place across the EU and beyond — and extra impetus given to media coverage — it is an ideal opportunity to get involved in the campaign.