Portugal – Companies with unpaid wages prevented from running for European funds

February 19, 2015

The Portuguese government has accepted the suggestion of the main union confederation, CGTP-IN, and will prevent companies with unpaid wages from running for European funds. Further information may be found here: http://www.cgtp.pt


Belgium – Contractual workers preserved from redundancies

February 19, 2015

Since February 2015, Belgian workers from the public sector with a contract are protected from dismissals. More information can be found here: http://www.emploi.belgique.be/defaultNews.aspx?id=42729


EU – Book and debate on trade unions and corporate social responsibility

February 19, 2015

On the 24 February 2015, it will be held, at ETUI facilities, a meeting at lunch time to present and discuss the book Corporate Social Responsibility and Trade Unions. Perspectives across Europe. More information can be found here: http://www.etui.org/Events/Monthly-Forum-Corporate-social-responsibility-and-trade-unions-perspectives-from-across-Europe


France – Article shows how family ownership is positively related to restructuring

February 19, 2015

The article ‘Who Drives Corporate Restructuring? Co-existing Owners in French Firms’, from Nikolaos Kavadis and Xavier Castañer, was published in the journal Corporate Governance: An International Review, in February 2015. The article shows how domestic family ownership is positively related to restructuring. You may find this and other articles dedicated to family firms in this […]


World – Article on workers willingness to avoid unemployment

February 19, 2015

The article ‘Laziness or liberation? Labor market policies and workers’ attitudes toward employment flexibility’, published in the International Journal of Social Welfare, in Janauary 2015, examines the relationship between labor market policies and employees’ willingness to make concessions in order to avoid unemployment. Combining data from the International Social Survey Program and the OECD, the […]


Bulgaria – Economic freedom climbs up

February 5, 2015

The Index prepared by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal puts Bulgaria in a more advanced position on economic freedom in the last years. Further information can be found here: http://www.bia-bg.com/news/17060/_/


EU – Eurofound news on severance payment and other issues

February 5, 2015

The ERM Quarterly was published on the 2 February and may be consulted here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/erm-quarterly/2015/labour-market-business/erm-quarterly-quarter-4-january-2015 Also an Information Sheet was published on the same day focusing on the statutory regulations on severance pay in Europe. It may be consulted here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/information-sheet/2015/working-conditions-labour-market/statutory-regulations-on-severance-pay-in-europe-info-sheet-0


U.S. – Severance payments increased in 2014

February 5, 2015

Severance payments in the USA, this is the ‘compensation costs’, increased in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Further information here: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/eci.nr0.htm


Germany – Research project provides tools to support restructuring

February 5, 2015

A research project is being developed by the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) with the aim of providing training tools to support restructuring. The project ‘Development and piloting of training tools for middle managers and employee representatives to support successful restructuring’ is planned to end in June 2016. Further information may […]