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 […]
The employer’s responsibility for the work environment has been a topic frequently discussed among the parties in the Swedish labour market during the last year. Moreover, the Swedish Ministry of Employment has commenced developing a new national strategy concerning the work environment, which, inter alia, includes a zero tolerance as regards to work-related deaths.
As from 1 January 2016 the Swedish Tax Procedures Act prescribes obligatory electronic staff registration within the construction industry (similar to the obligations for hairdressers, restaurants and laundries). The aim of the obligations is to ensure that the correct taxes are paid and to encourage a healthy competition within the construction industry. The Swedish Tax […]
Today a lot of Swedes show a great interest for health and physical exercise. An active lifestyle is also encouraged by many of the Swedish employers, and they offer employees benefits such as wellness allowance (which may also be tax-free under certain conditions). A new trend on the Swedish labour market is that some employers […]
Legislative amendments of the Swedish Employment Protection Act (“EPA”) have recently been proposed by the Ministry of Employment that may affect fixed term employment contracts. According to the proposal the fixed term employment will automatically be converted into an employment for an indefinite term in case of a chain of different types of fixed term […]
A Swedish employer may provide protection for customer relations by including a non-solicitation clause in the individual employment agreement to be applied post-termination. However, the enforceability of non-competition clauses post-termination is questionable in Sweden. In a recent case, the Swedish Labour Court (AD 2015 no. 8) declared a non-solicitation clause in an accountant’s employment agreement […]
The European Union’s Youth Employment Initiative 2013 (YEI), launched to address the occupational challenges of young adults, is moving forward. The YEI is designed to allow the Member States to improve their policies by providing additional funding to fight youth unemployment, which has risen to unprecedented levels – the unemployment rates for young people in […]
The European Commission recently presented a new initiative to better protect over 217 million workers in the EU from work-related accidents and diseases. The Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020 identifies key challenges and strategic objectives for health and safety at work, presents fundamental actions and identifies crucial instruments to address these […]