Tesla restriction on workplace union clothing ruled unlawful

The US National Labor Relations Board has held Tesla’s dress code, which has the effect of preventing certain workers from wearing clothing supporting their union, is not lawful. The ruling confirms employers must show ‘special circumstances’ for dress codes that directly or indirectly outlaw union insignias. Executive Summary On 29 August 2022, in a 3-2 decision, the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board)…

The EU approves a minimum wage Directive: what does it say?

On 14 September, the European Parliament approved a Directive introducing the principle of a minimum wage in the European Union. What does it say, and will it herald a new era for collective bargaining? Summary On 14 September 2022, the European Parliament voted to approve a Directive on adequate minimum wages in the EU, with 505 votes in favour, 92 against and 44 abstentions. The…

Do employees have a right to work remotely?

A court in Israel has ruled that a company was entitled to turn down an employee’s request to work remotely. In a ruling recently issued by the Tel Aviv District Labour Court in the case of the Middle East Pipeline Company, the district court discussed a claim lodged by an employee, who worked as a payroll accountant, that her employer discriminated against her in comparison…

Facing the cost-of-living crisis: French employment initiatives

Europe is facing a cost-of-living crisis with spiralling food and fuel costs, in part as a result of the Ukraine war. In France, the minimum wage has been increased and a major package of measures designed to help employees deal with rising costs was published on 17 August 2022. Minimum wage On 1 August 2022, the French minimum wage (the salaire minimum interprofessionnel de croissance,…

The climate emergency: the missing factor in remote working requests?

Tackling the climate emergency should be high on everyone’s agenda. But should employers give greater weight to the environment when deciding whether to say yes or no to an employee’s request to do their job remotely? One of the legacies of the COViD-19 pandemic is that remote working has become normal. Workers in the so-called knowledge economy are now commonly working remotely on a hybrid…

Does a new Dutch law let employees ‘work where you want’?

Employers in the Netherlands may soon be required to balance their own and employees’ interests when evaluating a request to work from another place within the EU. But does this mean employees could work from anywhere they want? On 5 July 2022, a proposal for a ‘Work Where You Want’ Act was adopted by the Dutch House of Representatives. The proposal was subjected to a…

Is medical history protected by discrimination law?

Belgium has expanded its Anti-Discrimination Act to cover individuals’ ‘state of health’, which means their past medical history is now covered. Belgium has prohibited discrimination based on an individual’s ‘current or future state of health’ since 2007. On 7 July 2022, a bill was passed which broadens this. The concept of ‘current or future state of health’ is replaced by ‘state of health’, meaning that an…

Are ESG performance indicators becoming a must-have in bonus plans ?

The results of a Ius Laboris survey show that environmental, social and governance KPIs are becoming an increasingly common part of incentive schemes across the world. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are a key way to measure organisations’ commitment to sustainability. There is a long road ahead to build an ESG-compliant corporate world, but creating a working environment that is as close as possible…

Supreme Court overturning constitutional right to abortion will impact employee benefit plans

The US Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade will have a significant impact on abortion procedures offered under employee benefits plans. On Friday 24 June 2022, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the US Supreme Court reversed its holding in Roe v. Wade, which found a constitutional right to obtain an abortion. InDobbs the Court held the US Constitution does not confer a…

LGBTQ employment protection in Turkey: what is the law?

What protection do LGBTQ individuals have against workplace discrimination in Turkey? Currently, the issue of LGBTQ rights is a topic that is finding its place on the agenda in Turkey. It is an area to which employers should pay attention, while ensuring they fulfil their legal obligations. Some of the key issues under Turkish law are explained below. Under the Turkish Constitution and Turkish Labour…