Legal cases: ones to watch

European Court of Justice (ECJ) – Keep an eye out for its decision in Cadman v Health and Safety Executive (C-17/05). In May, the advocate general said that employers should be required to justify using length of service as a determinant of pay if it results in women getting paid less than men – which it almost invariably does. While the decision is not binding on the ECJ, it is likely that the court will adopt the same approach.

Spain – Laws granting fathers eight days’ paternity leave are currently being debated. The draft Bill on Equality between Men and Women received cabinet approval earlier this year, and is expected to come into force in January 2007.

Sue Nickson is a partner and international head of human capital at Hammonds

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