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France faces tough battle over pension reform

Paris has been crippled by public transport strikes today in response to moves by the French government to implement pension reform.

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Telecoms giant awaits verdict on top executives in staff suicides case

12 Jul 2019

A trial of senior executives could lead to jail sentences over a wave of suicides as employees suffered appalling levels of workplace stress

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Whistleblowing culture ‘firmly entrenched’ in the UK

16 May 2019

Although 35% of UK businesses have no system in place for whistleblowing, a comparison with other economically similar nations in Europe shows that the UK is ahead of the curve.

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Germany lags behind as gender pay gap narrows

27 Mar 2019

The UK’s slight gender pay gap narrowing means it is in step with other economically similar nations. But Germany has...

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How smartphones can land employers in the dock

13 Aug 2018

Smartphones are encouraging employees to exceed the number of hours they are contracted to work, which in some cases could...

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Ban on religious dress can be justified, says European Court

14 Mar 2017

An employer can justify a ban on religious dress that prevents a Muslim woman from wearing an Islamic headscarf (hijab)...

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Could the UK follow the French and introduce a right to disconnect?

18 Jan 2017

French workers can now negotiate with their employer on limiting their access to emails and other work activity outside of...

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Employers cannot ban Muslim headscarves, says Advocate General

13 Jul 2016

An employer cannot have a blanket ban on religious dress that prevents a Muslim woman from wearing an Islamic headscarf...

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Employment law in France: five fascinating features

8 Jul 2016

What are the key things international employers need to know about employment law in France? Laura Merrylees looks at five...

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Employers can ban Muslim headscarves at work, says EU lawyer

31 May 2016

An employer can prevent a Muslim employee from wearing an Islamic headscarf if the ban is based on a general...

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Nigel Farage campaigning for Brexit last week. Photo: Geoff Moore/REX/Shutterstock

EU immigrants fear discrimination amid Brexit debate

23 May 2016

Europeans working in the UK fear the impact of a Brexit vote according to research released today, one month ahead...

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Religious dress at work: ECJ to hear Muslim headscarf cases

24 Feb 2016

What should an employer do if a third party objects to an employee wearing religious dress while working on the...

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Congratulation leave? Unusual types of leave from around the world

14 Jan 2016

Anyone thinking that the UK’s upcoming grandparental leave is unnecessary meddling by law-makers should look beyond these shores at the...

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Atypical workers in France: how do French and British laws differ?

11 Mar 2015

Millions of workers are employed under temporary or part-time contracts in France and in the UK; however, the French laws...

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Global employers: Ryanair lost an appeal against an €8 million fine for breaching French labour laws. Photo: REX/Gavin Rodgers

Global employers: can an employer choose which country’s laws apply to its employment contracts?

4 Dec 2014

If an employer has operations in more than one country, with employees who are not always based in the same...

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