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Other European news in brief
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union
  • 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


When does a change in service provider constitute a TUPE transfer?
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • United Kingdom
  • July 17 2009

In Metropolitan Resources Ltd v Churchill Dulwich Ltd & ors the EAT has now made it clear that in trying to work out whether a change in service provider constitutes a TUPE transfer the parties (and ultimately a Tribunal) should ask themselves two questions


Do employees have the right to be legally represented at disciplinary hearings?
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • United Kingdom
  • March 31 2009

Possibly, but only if you are a public sector employer and the charges against the employee are sufficiently serious