Spain - December 10 2012 Measures to ensure budget stability / encourage competitiveness – social security system.
Netherlands - December 10 2012 From 1 July 2012, independent workers (i.e. not employees) who work at the same workplace as “ordinary" employees will have the same level of protection in relation to health and safety as salaried employees.
Ireland - December 10 2012 The draft Bill includes proposals for corporate criminal liability for corrupt acts by company directors, managers, officers, employees, subsidiaries or agents.
Finland - December 10 2012 Under the Criminal Code, a legal entity may be sentenced to a corporate fine if a person who is part of its statutory organ or other management, or who exercises actual decision-making authority therein has: been an accomplice in the work safety offence or allowed the commission of the offence; or if the care and diligence necessary for the prevention of the offence have not been observed in the operations of the corporation.
United Kingdom - December 10 2012 Impact date: 1 October 2012 National minimum wage rates will increase for workers age 21 and over and apprentices.