France - The ‘Macron scale’ challenged in labour tribunals’ rulings

Giving employers a better view of the costs they must bear in the event of an unfair dismissal was the main argument of the French government when a scale was implemented by one of the so-called Macron orders dated 22 September 2017 (N°2017-1387). This scale, setting up minimum and maximum damages awards, should ultimately have a positive impact on employment, especially in small and medium-sized…

The Netherlands – A look ahead to proposed employment law reforms

This article takes a look at employment law reforms planned in the Netherlands by the coalition government formed by Prime Minister Mark Rutte in October 2017. Deregulation of the Labour Relations Assessment Law (law applicable to contractor agreements) As of 1 May 2016, the law on Deregulation of Labour Relations Assessment (‘Wet DBA’) replaced the Employment Status Declaration (‘VAR’). This law is aimed at making…

UK employment and pensions law review 2017

The political scene in the UK has inevitably been dominated in recent months by the vote narrowly in favour of “Brexit” in the referendum on EU membership last June and its associated political fallout. This led, among other things, to David Cameron’s resignation as prime minister and leader of the Conservative party and his replacement by Theresa May. One consequence of all this furore is…