Belgium – Government intends to implement flexibility in working time

April 29, 2016

The Belgian government is currently refining a draft reform of statutory working time that will favour an increase in flexible working. The government believes that this reform will respond to the wishes of many workers by allowing for a better balance between family and working life. Trade unions, however, fear that this flexibility will only […]


UK – Publication of user engagement feedback on insolvency service stats

April 29, 2016

The report can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/519492/Summary_of_user_feedback_with_branding_2016.pdf


Europe – Eurofound launches a report on the regulation of labour market intermediaries

April 29, 2016

The Eurofound has just launched a report which examines how public authorities are currently regulating labour market intermediaries across Member States, highlighting the effectiveness or otherwise of different registration or licensing schemes. It also examines activities by social partners aimed at preventing the trafficking of labour. The report can be accessed here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/report/2016/labour-market-industrial-relations/regulation-of-labour-market-intermediaries-and-the-role-of-social-partners-in-preventing-trafficking


Belgium – Statistics on redundant workers in 2015

April 14, 2016

The Belgian public office on employment, work and social concertation has launched the statistics on redundant workers for the year 2015 on 7 April 2016. The publication, in French, can be found here: http://www.emploi.belgique.be/defaultNews.aspx?id=44762


UK – Changes in the bankruptcy process

April 14, 2016

The British bankruptcy application process and fee were changed on 06 April 2016. All the information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-the-bankruptcy-application-process-what-you-need-to-know


UK – A research shows that EU migrants provide much needed skills

April 14, 2016

A recent working paper from Spreckelsen and Seeleib-Kaiser belonging to the University of Oxford addressed the question how integrated are young EU migrants into the UK workforce. The conclusions of this research show that EU migrant citizens contribute to an overall high employment rate and the diverse workforce in the UK, by providing much needed skills […]


UK – History of local government restructuring

April 14, 2016

A review of major changes to local government structures since the 1960s including local government reorganisation in the 1990s and 2009, and the possibility of future change was prepared by the Office of National Statistics and released on 15 January 2016. The history is available here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/methodology/geography/ukgeographies/administrativegeography/ourchanginggeography/localgovernmentrestructuring