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The Supreme Court of Lithuania recently affirmed that the courts have no competence to assess whether an employer’s decision to restructure and make staff redundant has been expedient and reasonable, owing to the fact the employer on its own decides which position is necessary and which is not.

The Supreme Court of Lithuania recently affirmed that the courts have no competence to assess whether an employer’s decision to restructure and make staff redundant has been expedient and reasonable, owing to the fact the employer on its own decides which position is necessary and which is not.

New rules on resignation

On 13 July, in an opinion delivered concerning a French case, the Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston invited the ECJ to rule that the ban by an employer on its employee from wearing an Islamic headscarf constituted unlawful discrimination and could only be justified under certain restricted circumstances (occupational health and safety issues for example). This is not the case here where the ban corresponded to a client’s request not to receive the IT consultancy company’s services from women wearing headscarves. The advocate general did not see the employer’s business interest as being sufficient grounds for this type of discrimination.

On 12 July, the European Commission launched the second phase of its consultation with European social partners regarding work-life balance. Under the EU Treaty, the Commission must consult with European trade union organisations and employer bodies before any initiatives can be undertaken in the social sphere. In this second phase, a blueprint for revising the current directives governing maternity and parental leave is drafted. The introduction of paternity leave and leave for caregivers is also considered.

IndustriALL Global Union and Italian energy giant Eni have renewed their global framework agreement, with improved rights for 33,000 direct employees in 65 countries including a world works council,’ the international union federation announced in a press statement on 07 July 2016.

51.9% of the British population voted ‘No’ to Europe during an historic referendum, plunging the United Kingdom and its business community into a sea of uncertainty.

On 16 June the European Commission published its monthly infringements document, which this time sees France under fire for requiring foreign transportation operators to pay their workers France’s minimum wage...

On 07 June the European Commission presented a proposal to reform the European system of residency and working permits for highly skilled migrants originating from countries outside the EU (under...

How best to react? On the one hand the collaborative economy presents ‘considerable potential for competitiveness and growth’ not forgetting jobs.

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