Welcome to Baker McKenzie's EMEA Quarterly eAlert. This update is designed to provide you with a high level summary of recent and future key employment and labor law developments across the region. Key themes from this quarter include gender pay and equality, broader equality measures, and increased regulation of atypical workers. We also take a look at the impact of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, and explore the French labor law reforms currently contemplated by the new administration under President Macron.
On Gender pay and equality: The German Parliament has now passed its "Act on Transparency of Pay" which will take effect from July; the UK's gender pay gap reporting obligations have come into force as of April; and Switzerland's parliament is currently discussing a draft proposal which would require a specific female quota for the boards of large listed companies.
Broader equality measures are also continuing to develop across the region, with advancements in paternity rights in the Czech Republic and Italy; increased protection for employees close to retirement in Switzerlandand Ukraine; and South Africa's equality guidelines now encouraging employers to submit an employment equity report on a yearly basis.
Increased regulation and scrutiny of atypical workers is continuing, with Polandintroducing several changes to its regulation of temporary employees including increased sanctions for breaches of the regulations, and Italy enacting laws facilitating "smart working" arrangements and increased protections for freelancers.See below to speed-read the headings or click through to the full insights. The insights in this eAlert include impact ratings to help show the significance of some of the developments, with 1 being a very significant or important development requiring action. Some insights will not have an impact ratings, for example if they include only general commentary on developments, trends or potential political changes. For more information, please contact your usual Baker McKenzie lawyer. Azerbaijan Belgium Czech Republic France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Netherlands Poland Spain
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