Employers’ Right to Require Candidates’ Criminal Record to Be Reviewed

Proposed Bill or Initiative

Author: Anna Jerndorf, Partner – Advokatfirman Törngren Magnell KB

It has become more and more common for employers to request candidates to present a copy of their criminal record. The Swedish government has, therefore, appointed a special investigator to investigate the need for a prohibition for employers to require candidates to present a copy of their criminal record, unless it is required by law. The review shall be completed January 31, 2019.

Contractors’ Responsibility for Wage Claims in the Construction Industry

Proposed Bill or Initiative

Author: Anna Jerndorf, Partner – Advokatfirman Törngren Magnell KB

On February 16, 2018, the Swedish government has proposed a bill on greater responsibilities for wage claims for contractors, to protect the salaries of employees and to counter unfair competition on the market. According to the bill, an employee working for a subcontractor and who does not get paid for his work shall be able to direct his wage claim towards the subcontractor who engaged his employer or the head contractor. The new rules are proposed to enter into force August 1, 2018.

New Act on Trade Secrets Presented to the Parliament

Proposed Bill or Initiative

Author: Anna Jerndorf, Partner – Advokatfirman Törngren Magnell KB

The government recently submitted a proposal to the Parliament to strengthen the protection against the misappropriation of trade secrets. The bill is based on the EU directive and will make it possible to claim damages in more situations, broadening the definition of what may be regarded as misappropriation of trade secrets. Further, the act shall recognize employees’ right to report any misconduct (whistleblowing), and companies will have a greater responsibility to inform employees of what they deem as confidential information. If passed, the new act will enter into force June 9, 2018.