EU Developments

Posted workers enforcement regulations

Regulations which will come into force on 18 June 2016 implement the Posted Workers Enforcement Directive, the main effect of which will be on the construction industry.

New EU trade secrets regime takes shape

The EU Parliament has approved the new Trade Secrets Directive which seeks to harmonise protection of trade secrets across the EU by defining what a ‘trade secret’ is and how they will be protected and specifying the remedies available to holders of trade secrets if they are misappropriated.

New data protection rules approved

Plans for reform of data protection law – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – have been approved by the European Parliament and will come into effect in 2018.

Consultation on work-life balance

The EU Commission has started formal discussions with employer and union representatives about how to improve work-life balance and reduce obstacles to the participation of women in the labour market.

Commission’s take on improving work-life balance

The Commission has outlined its thinking on how it’ll address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families.

Revised Maternity Leave Directive finally abandoned

Given that the draft Maternity Leave Directive has been stuck in the EU legislative process since 2008, the Commission has officially withdrawn it, considering that any hopes of progress are impossible.
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