Workers are protected by whistleblowing legislation if they make a disclosure in the reasonable belief that it is in the public interest. In Underwood v Wincanton plc, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed that an employee can be protected under the whistleblowing rules for raising a contractual matter that affects only a small group of […]
Trade unions and employer’s organisations are currently preparing for Sweden’s collective bargaining round 2016. Nearly 500 collective bargaining agreements will expire during 2016 and, therefore, have to be replaced. Further, another 150 collective bargaining agreements may be renegotiated. Almost all collective bargaining agreements applicable in Sweden will be concerned and cover around 3 million workers. […]
Parental leave in Sweden is 480 days per child. New rules regarding the distribution of these days amongst the parents enter into force on 1 January 2016 in order to improve gender equality.
Age policy preventing bus drivers from continue working by the age of 70 due to traffic safety reasons, was declared invalid by the Swedish Labour Court. Further, the employer was liable to pay damages to the concerned employees because of age discrimination.
The 13-11-12015 enters into force the new Worker’s Statute (RDLeg 2/2015). This new text groups the scattered legislation in several provisions and Replaces RDLeg 1/1995.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) stated that the termination of an employment contract due to the worker’s refusal to accept a unilateral and substantial change of his contract conditions is a dismissal for the purpose of collective dismissals. [TJUE 11-11-15, C-422/14 (Pujante Rivera)]
October and November 2015 has seen what has been referred to as the largest protest in post-Apartheid South Africa with South Africa’s largest higher learning institutions being shut down due to protests against tuition fee increases. Though President Jacob Zuma announced that there would be no increase in tuition fees for the year 2016, the […]
The provisions of the Employment Services Act, 4 of 2014 came into effect on 09 August 2015, except section 13, which regulates private employment agencies (including labour brokers) and empowers the Minister to prescribe criteria for the registration of private employment agencies. This Act aims to reduce unemployment, work seeker reliance on social security benefits […]
In Shoprite Checkers (Pty) Ltd v Commission for Conciliation, Mediation & Arbitration & Others (2015) 36 ILJ 2273 (LAC), the Labour Appeal Court (“LAC”) upheld the Labour Court’s judgment and agreed with the setting aside of the award made by an arbitrator who held that the dismissal of an employee for a first infraction was […]
The Russian Government adopted long-awaited Rules on accreditation of private employment agencies (PEAs). As from 1 January 2016, only accredited PEAs and affiliated companies will be allowed to provide personnel (out-staffing). This means that PEAs will not receive accreditations in advance. The accreditation process is expected to take around one month.