EU Developments

Women on boards quota plans

The European Commission has approved plans for a directive from Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding to have 40% of women on company boards by 2020. The previous plans for mandatory quotas have been abandoned. Instead the latest draft encourages companies to aim for the 40% level of representation, but leaves national governments to decide whether to enforce the rules by imposing sanctions. 

WTD: more time allowed for negotiations

The European Commission has given the social partners more time to hammer out a deal on revisions to the Working Time Directive (WTD): they now have until the end of this year.

European employers are cutting skills and training investment

The vast majority (86%) of European employers have cut or frozen spending on skills and training in the last 12 months despite a continued concern over skills shortages, according to Turning the Tide: How Europe Can Rebuild Skills and Generate Growth from the Accenture Institute for High Performance.

Dismissals in Europe

The second edition of a very useful guide, Individual Dismissals across Europe, has been published. It explains the essential principles of individual dismissals in 23 European countries and outlines each country’s respective system for protection against dismissal, prior warnings, notice periods, the selection of employees to dismiss, collective requirements, administrative approvals and the legal impacts of such dismissals.

Social partners agree to negotiate on WTD

The long-running saga of the Working Time Directive (WTD) continues to rumble on. The European social partners have decided to enter negotiations after the Commission’s consultations with them on reviewing the WTD.


Seconding staff in Europe

Employers seconding or posting staff to and within the European Economic Area (EEA) will find a new publication useful. The guide, Secondments to and within Europe, from Ius Laboris, an alliance of employment law firms, covers 20 countries in the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland, and outlines the legal issues affecting the temporary secondment or posting of employees.


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