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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

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.

EU votes in stricter limits on exposure to carcinogens at work 25 October 2017, 23:35 CET
Stricter EU rules to better protect workers from exposure to carcinogens at work - which could help save up to 100,000 lives in the next 50 years - won the EU Parliament’s final approval Wednesday.

Ministers agree position on EU posted workers directive 25 October 2017, 23:04 CET
EU ministers agreed a compromise Monday on the posting of workers directive, allowing posted workers to generally benefit from the same rules governing pay and working conditions as local workers.

Police height limit may discriminate against women: EU Court 18 October 2017, 23:10 CET
A Greek law laying down a minimum height requirement irrespective of sex, as a criterion for admission to a police school, may discriminate against women, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday.

MEPs demand fair protection for posted workers 18 October 2017, 18:32 CET
MEPs adopted new draft rules Tuesday to ensure that posted workers are better protected and fair competition for companies, with changes concerning remuneration, duration of posting and temporary agencies.

Sweden EU's top performer on gender equality 12 October 2017, 20:24 CET
Gender equality in Europe is progressing at a snail's pace, according to an updated Gender Equality Index published Wednesday, showing Sweden as the top-performing country and Greece at the bottom.

Record high employment rates in EU: review 05 October 2017, 23:15 CET
The EU's latest report on the employment and social situation in the EU shows record high employment rates and signs of improvement for youth employment.