New agreement on initiatives against sexual harassment in Denmark

The Danish government and social partners have entered into a tripartite agreement on sexual harassment to support and encourage a cultural change in this area. The Danish government and social partners have entered into a agreement on initiatives to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Composed of 17 initiatives, the agreement will provide the necessary tools for employers to prevent and deal with sexual harassment…

‘Living with Covid’: what does it mean for UK workplaces?

Under the UK government’s new Living with Covid strategy, mandatory self-isolation has now ended in England and free testing will end on 1 April. What does this mean for employers? On 21 February 2022, the UK government published its plan for Living with Covid including the timetable for removing Covid measures in England. From 24 February, the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test was replaced…

Top ten practical tips for improving diversity in the workplace

Improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a key focus for businesses. Having a more inclusive workplace is something to strive for; one that fosters a culture where staff can thrive regardless of their personal characteristics (which includes protected characteristics such as gender, race or disability). We often talk about the challenges associated with implementing changes to improve diversity in the workplace, not least…

Implementing the EU Work-Life Balance Directive in Poland

Member states must implement the EU Work-Life Balance Directive by 2 August 2022. Poland has published draft legislation, but current indications suggest it may not meet this deadline. By 2 August this year, Poland must implement the so-called Work-Life Balance Directive (Directive (EU) 2019/1158 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers). One of…

A new right to request remote working in Ireland

The Irish government has published proposed details of its long-awaited scheme giving employees the right to request remote working. Irish employers and employees have finally been given some detail on how the long-awaited right to request remote working is expected to operate. The legislation, once enacted, will introduce for the first time a legal framework in Ireland around requesting remote working arrangements. The Department of…

Occupational pension reform in Spain: what will change?

Major occupational pension reforms in Spain would facilitate access to employment-linked pension provision for low and middle-income workers, to be implemented through collective bargaining. On 23 November 2021, the Spanish Council of Ministers approved a preliminary draft law regulating occupational pension plans. The aim of the new legislation is to facilitate access to collective plans for low and middle-income workers and small and medium-sized enterprises,…

New protection for gender identity and expression in Denmark

From 1 January 2022, Denmark has introduced an explicit ban on discrimination on the grounds of gender identity, gender expression and gender characteristics. The Danish Parliament has adopted amendments to the Discrimination Act and the Gender Equality Act. The bill follows up on the Government’s ‘Freedom to be different – strengthened rights and possibilities for LGBTI people’ proposal which, among other things, aims to strengthen…

Corona Pass to access the workplace: new proposals in Netherlands

A new law under discussion in the Netherlands would introduce a more widespread obligation for employees to show a ‘Corona Access Pass’ to work on-site. The possibility of introducing the Corona Access Pass (CTB) in the workplace has been a serious news topic in the Netherlands and beyond lately. Currently, Dutch employers cannot require their employees to show their CTB before entering the workplace. This…

Get vaccinated or risk dismissal: Latvia’s new rules for on-site work

Tough new workplace access rules in Latvia mean employers can suspend and even dismiss on-site employees considered at risk of COVID-19 exposure if they are not vaccinated. From 15 December the vaccination obligation will be extended to all on-site employees. Autumn in many European countries began with new and more stringent restrictions as legislators across the continent tried their best to limit the spread of…