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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

EU proposes extension of paid maternity leave

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • March 11 2010

The Women's Rights Committee of the European Parliament has voted in favour of extending the minimum entitlement to maternity leave across Europe to 20 weeks on full pay

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

Age-related notice was discriminatory

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

German legislation, which provided for notice periods to be calculated according to length of service but did not take into account any service below the age of 25, discriminated on the grounds of age

Maximum age for doctors and dentists could be justified

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

The ECJ has considered the legality of legislation introducing a maximum age of 68 for doctors and dentists in the German NHS

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

Consultation on amendments to implement recast European Works Council Directive

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

Under the existing European Works Council Directive, multinationals based in the EU are required to keep employees informed of developments at a European level

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

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

Advocate General considers that restricting recruitment to age 30 is justifiable

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

The Advocate General has issued her opinion in the case of Wolf v Stadt Frankfurt which questions whether the restriction on applications to join the German fire service to those under age 30 amounts to age discrimination under the Equal Treatment Directive