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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

New EU rules on occupational pension funds in force
The EU's revised Directive on occupational pension funds, known as IORP II, which came into force on 13 January, aims to increase savers' trust in work pension funds regardless of where in the EU they are based.

Brussels consults on EU equal pay guarantee
The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather information on the impact of EU rules on equal pay and how to better implement and enforce the EU equal pay principles.

EU Parliament, Council strike deal on accessibility
Key products and services such as smartphones, ticketing machines and banking services will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities following a deal by Parliament and Council Thursday.

European Accessibility Act
The European Accessibility Act aims to improve the functioning of the internal market for accessible products and services by removing barriers created by divergent legislation. This will facilitate the work of companies and will bring benefits for persons with disabilities and elderly people in the EU.

Ballerina wins contract case at EU's top Court
An Italian ballerina won her case at the EU Court of Justice Thursday when it ruled that workers in the opera and orchestral sectors cannot be excluded from protection against abuse of fixed-term employment contracts.

MEPs look to boost workers' rights in the gig economy
New rules on minimum rights for workers in on-demand, voucher-based or platform employment, such as Uber or Deliveroo, were approved by a European Parliament committee on Thursday.

Ministers reach political agreement on business restructuring rules
A new approach to business insolvency in Europe, agreed Thursday by EU justice ministers, will help companies in financial difficulties to restructure early on to prevent bankruptcy and avoid laying off staff.

Dismissal of Catholic doctor for remarriage discrimination: EU Court
A Catholic hospital's dismissal of a doctor from a managerial position due to his remarriage after divorce may constitute unlawful discrimination on grounds of religion, the EU's top Court ruled Tuesday.

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2018 review
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.