A pregnant job applicant did not acquire the job as a bus driver, and filed a discrimination claim in court. Under Swedish law, employers must abide by anti-discrimination laws during the hiring process and cannot discriminate a job applicant based on, for example, pregnancy. The employer lost the case since it did not manage to […]
Gender-based wage differences are decreasing in Sweden, according to a survey conducted by the Swedish National Mediation Office. In 2014, the largest wage gap, approx. 8 percent, was found among white-collar workers in the private sector.
A news anchor/reporter employed by the Swedish public service television company Sveriges Television (SVT) used his private account on Facebook for, inter alia, making public his personal statements and comments in a local controversial issue. The controversial issue was connected to “news material” and there was a considerable risk that his activities on social media […]
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 transfer of personal data from a company in Sweden to the United States may be illegal, due to a recent European Court of Justice’s judgment. Until now, such transfer of personal data has been mainly supported by the “Safe Harbor Privacy Principles”, but the European Court of Justice has now declared that these principles […]
New provisions (AFS 2015:4) related to the social work environment enter into force on 31 March 2016. The employer must, inter alia, take necessary measures to prevent victimization at the workplace. For example, the employer will need to have a policy in place with routines for how to handle victimization at work. The Swedish Work […]
The Swedish Equality Ombudsman (“EO”), the authority that ensures compliance with the Discrimination Act and to which employees can report matters of discrimination at the workplace, has been criticized by employers for publishing company names on the website. Further, it appears that the EO is unwilling to remove a company name even though the court […]
A recent, highly publicized case is a reminder of how important it is for employers, as well as certain individuals representing the employer, to be aware of their responsibilities under the work environment regulations and to take the necessary measures. An employee who suffered from mental illness took his life shortly after he had received […]