Refusing Saturday work for religious reasons: a new Danish ruling

The Danish High Court has ruled it was not contrary to the Anti-Discrimination Act for a school to dismiss a physical education teacher who refused to attend work on a Saturday for religious reasons. According to the Danish Anti-Discrimination Act, a criterion or practice that may seem neutral can constitute indirect discrimination on grounds of religion if it would put a person of a particular…

Requirement for COVID-19 testing of travelling employees introduced in Denmark

A bill adopted by the Danish parliament requires employers to ensure that travelling employees are PCR-tested for COVID-19 after entry into Denmark. There are currently strict restrictions on entry to Denmark due to coronavirus. Now, after being fast-tracked through parliament, a bill has been passed to reduce the risk of travelling employees bringing COVID-19 infection with them.  With the adopted bill, employers who employ workers travelling into Denmark to work are required…

Denmark: What’s new in employment law in 2019

The new Holiday Act, #MeToo and GDPR fines are expected to be hot topics in the field of employment law in 2019. In addition, a new Stock Options Act came into effect on 1 January and the Supreme Court will deliver its judgment in a case concerning dismissal of an employee with a ‘reduced-hours job’, more specifically on the question of whether it is fair…

Denmark - Proposed directive on protection for whistleblowers

The European Commission has proposed new rules to strengthen protection for whistleblowers reporting breaches of EU law. This article gives a Danish perspective on the proposal. The reason for the proposed new EU rules is that whistleblowers can play an important role in uncovering unlawful activities in companies and organisations. However, few EU countries have rules adequately protecting whistleblowers. In Denmark, statutory protection for whistleblowers…