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Other European news in brief

  • Squire Patton Boggs
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  • European Union
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  • August 20 2009

On 1 July 2009 France’s national minimum hourly wage increased from 8.71 to 8.82

Germany introduces new data protection laws

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • Germany
  • -
  • August 20 2009

Data protection is something of a hot topic in Germany at the moment

Parental leave could increase to four months

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union
  • -
  • August 20 2009

European employer and trade union representatives (the so-called "Social Partners") have recently agreed that the minimum period of parental leave should increase from three to four months

Swine flu what should you be doing?

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • August 19 2009

In recent weeks we have been contacted by an increasing number of clients with questions about the employment law implications of the current swine flu pandemic

Are workers on long-term sick entitled to paid annual leave?

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • June 26 2009

Believe it or not, the Tribunals and Courts have been debating this issue since 2003 when Mr Ainsworth and his colleagues first presented their claims for unpaid holiday pay

German government extends short-time working benefits

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • Germany
  • -
  • June 26 2009

In Germany short-time working has been a key element in the Federal Government’s response to the current recession

French Supreme Court seeks to curtail employers’ discretion

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • June 26 2009

The Employment Chamber of the French Supreme Court recently ruled that whilst employers retain the right to grant bonuses to some employees and not others, any difference in treatment must be justified in an objective manner

Spain takes steps to tackle rising unemployment

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • Spain
  • -
  • June 26 2009

New legislation came into force on 6 March as a result of the need for urgent action to address Spain’s worsening economic situation

Careless talk, costs, lies

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • May 28 2009

In Daleside Nursing Home v Matthew the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided earlier this year that an Employment Tribunal should have considered a costs award on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour against a Claimant found to have lied about a central plank of her allegations

Spanish attempts to halt early retirement

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • Spain
  • -
  • April 23 2009

The Spanish government is considering introducing measures to stop employers using early retirement as a way of cutting jobs in the current climate