Belgium – Belgian companies may use temporary unemployment status

March 31, 2016

Belgian companies have the option to appeal the temporary unemployment for ‘force majeure’ after the tragic events in Brussels on the 22 March. Further information can be found here, in French: http://www.emploi.belgique.be/defaultNews.aspx?id=44728


UK – British insolvency statistics from 2015 are now complete

March 31, 2016

The statistics on new outcomes resulting from the enforcement activities of the Insolvency Service between October and December 2015 were published and are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/insolvency-service-enforcement-outcomes-experimental-statistics-october-to-december-2015


Europe – Eurofound organises conference on trafficking of labour

March 17, 2016

Eurofound organises the conference ‘Preventing trafficking of labour: Labour market intermediaries and social partners’ role’ on the 27 April 2016 at the European Parliament. Based on a Eurofound’s comparative study requested by the EC, the objective of the lunch is to debate the ways to prevent trafficking in human beings. This meeting intends to contribute […]


Greece – Application of the insolvency directive to seamen

March 17, 2016

The Court of Justice of The European Union stated that the Greek State erred in failing to provide employees with the protection afforded by EU law. Greek seamen living in Greece and engaged by a company with its registered office in a non – member country but with its actual seat in Greece are protected […]


Switzerland– Lufthansa most important restructuring case does not inform Swiss personnel

March 17, 2016

According to IR Note, the report carried by the daily newspaper Tribune de Genève shows that the Swiss personnel of the airline SWISS are complaining about only being informed at a late stage about restructuring plans decided at the level of their parent company, the German airline Lufthansa. While German and Austrian employees have already […]


France – Seminar on redundancy on 11 March

March 3, 2016

Next 11 March, the French ministries of economy and finance organise a seminar entitled: Are the conditions for redundancy an obstacle to striking the right balance between the necessary protection of the employee and the needs of economic efficiency? The program is available here, in French: http://seminaireemploi.evenium.com/pro/fiche/quest.jsp;jsessionid=ZRm8JwHt6h4CS!bd8dp9cgnl.gl2


Europe – Reduction of labour costs failed to boost employment

March 3, 2016

On 18 February a group of researchers from ETUI presented their main findings on the employment policy consequences of the ‘internal devaluation policies’ conducted over the last few years in the worst-hit crisis countries. A related publication can be find here: http://www.etui.org/News/Reduction-of-labour-costs-failed-to-boost-employment


World – Should firms fill vacancies with own workers or outside hires?

March 3, 2016

Jed DeVaro from ISA wrote about internal hiring versus external recruitment, sustaining that the efficacy of internal or external hiring hinges on other policies that a firm uses simultaneously. The paper can be accessed here: http://wol.iza.org/articles/internal-hiring-or-external-recruitment/long