Swedish midwife takes case to European Court of Human Rights
Having exhausted the legal routes in Sweden, a midwife who refused to carry out abortions for religious reasons has recently taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Neutrality Rejected! Religious Discrimination and the European Court of Justice
As published by Who’s Who Legal, Chris Engels, partner in our Belgian firm and Chairman of Ius Laboris, provides a perspective on religious discrimination and the implications of imposing neutrality rules within the workplace.
Mandatory social medical insurance in Kazakhstan: new employer obligations from 1 July 2017
Since the beginning of this year, Kazakhstan has been gradually introducing a social medical insurance system funded by the state, employers and individuals to support public health. The healthcare system in Kazakhstan has been developing since 2015 and this change enshrines in law the involvement of three parties - the state, employers and citizens - in public health. Previously, employers had no legal responsibility for healthcare and so this marks a significant change.
Shareholders’ Rights Directive
On 17 May 2017, the new Shareholders’ Rights Directive (the ‘Directive’) was adopted, containing provisions governing executive pay in EU listed companies. Among other things, it will give shareholders a right to vote on a pay policy for directors (‘say on pay’) and it will require publication of an annual remuneration report with details of individual directors’ remuneration.
Many EU Member States already have ‘say on pay’ rules of some kind, so in some Member States, the Directive is not really news. But in others, it will set in motion fundamental changes in governance and transparency around executive pay in listed companies.
The Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union of 20 May 2017. It must be implemented in the EU Member States by 10 June 2019 at the latest.
Employment Law Review – Belgium
Recent law in Belgium has focussed on increasing the flexibility of work and simplifying the tax regime. It has also set about changing the mechanism for setting wages.