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Age limit of 30 for recruits to German fire service was lawful

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union, Germany
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  • February 11 2010

The ECJ has held that a German law, which prevented individuals over the age of 30 applying to the fire service, was lawful

Working time opt-out

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • March 13 2009

The European Commission has rejected the European Parliament's proposal to discontinue the opt-out from the maximum average 48-hour week

Consultation on implementation of Agency Workers Directive

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • May 15 2009

The Agency Workers Directive provides for equal treatment of agency workers after 12 weeks' employment

ECJ confirms that part payment of salary in vouchers is a taxable for VAT purposes

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • September 10 2010

In its judgment in the case of Astra Zeneca UK Limited v HRMC, the European Court of Justice has followed the Advocate General's opinion that part payment of salary to employees in the form of vouchers is a taxable supply for VAT purposes

Consultation on amendments to the Pregnant Workers Directive

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • May 15 2009

The Government is seeking views on the European Commission's proposal to amend the Pregnant Workers Directive

ECJ rules on "contemplating" collective redundancies

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union
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  • October 12 2009

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in relation to collective redundancies (Akavan Erityisalojen Keskuslitto AEK ry v Fujitsu Siemens Computers) has confirmed that the obligation to consult with employee representatives is triggered when a strategic decision is taken that will result in the employer contemplating or planning for redundancies

European Commission adopts proposals to increase parental leave

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union
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  • September 17 2009

The European Commission has adopted proposals to increase the existing right to take unpaid parental leave from three to four months per parent, and to extend parental leave rights to workers, as well as employees

A worker dismissed during part-time parental leave is entitled to "full-time" notice pay

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union
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  • November 17 2009

In Meerts v Proost NV the ECJ held that the Framework Agreement on Parental Leave, annexed to the Parental Leave Directive, entitles workers who are dismissed during part-time parental leave to receive compensation relating to their notice pay based on their full-time salary, rather than their reduced part-time parental leave salary

Holidays and sick pay where are we now?

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • December 10 2009

From our recent E-Bulletins on the evolving issue of how statutory holiday relates to sick leave, you will know how complex this area has become

Amended European Works Council Directive adopted

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union
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  • May 15 2009

The European Commission has updated the European Works Council (EWC) Directive, with a view to improving the role of EWCs in relation to corporate restructuring and involving employees in decision-making