Welcome to the April 2011 edition of our International Employment law Bulletin. In this edition, you'll discover national developments reported from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and UK and we complete the story on the modified EU social security rules for mobile workers which we started in the previous Bulletin.
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In this edition:
European Union: Social security : new guidelines (part II)
Further to coordination Regulation 883/2004, new rules apply for determining the social security regime applicable to mobile workers within the EU. Part II focuses on the simultaneous employment of salaried workers. Read More
Belgium: Extensive changes to notice periods for terminating employment contracts
The Belgian Official Gazette published on April 28 the Bill of 12 April 2011 in respect of new termination rules for employment contracts. The rules will apply to employment contracts starting from 1 January 2012. Read More
Belgium: Salary freeze in 2011 and 2012
Salary increases are limited as Belgian government imposes maximum margin for salary costs increases for 2011 and 2012. Read More
France: Employees whose jobs are threatened due to economic circumstances take priority over all other employees
The French Supreme Court reinforces the rights of employees who are at risk of redundancy. Read More
Germany: Equality of Arms - Employer disarmed by German Labour Courts?
The principle of Equality of Arms (Waffengleichheit) between employer and works council - which has a long tradition in Germany - implies that the State assumes a neutral position but ensures that the balance between labour and capital (Kampfparität) is not distorted. Read More
Italy: Discrimination: European Commission refers Italy to the EU Court of Justice
Is there discrimination against disabled employees in Italy? Read More
UK: Bribery Act 2010 - Employers should take action now
The UK Government has published long-awaited guidance outlining the procedures that employers need to implement to comply with the Bribery Act 2010. It is vital that employers act quickly to ensure they have adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery. Preparing for the Act is particularly important for global organisations. Read More
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