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Written Statement Directive: European Commission publishes Inception Impact Assessment to inform stakeholders on revision of Directive 91/533/EEC
On 23 March 2017, the European Commission published an Inception Impact Assessment to inform stakeholders on the revision of Council Directive 91/533/EEC on an employer's obligation to inform employee ...
ECJ rules headscarf ban was not direct discrimination but was capable of constituting indirect discrimination
In Achbita and another v G4S Secure Solutions NV (Case C-157/15) the ECJ held that a Belgian company's dress code banning the wearing of a Muslim headscarf while on duty did not amount to direct discr ...
Education: European Commission publishes Roadmap on promoting social inclusion and common EU values through formal and non-formal learning
On 15 March 2017, the European Commission published a Roadmap on a proposal for a Council Recommendation promoting social inclusion and common EU values through formal and non-formal learning.
Free movement of EU citizens: European Parliament Resolution on obstacles to freedom to move and work in Internal Market
On 15 March 2017, the European Parliament adopted a non-legislative Resolution on obstacles to EU citizens’ freedom to move and work in the Internal Market.
ECJ rules that a customer's objection to an Islamic headscarf cannot be a genuine and determining occupational requirement
In Bougnaoui and another v Micropole SA (Case C-188/15) the ECJ held that an employee's dismissal for wearing an Islamic headscarf at work, in breach of a direct instruction following a customer's obj ...
Social legislation in road transport: European Commission adopts Report on implementation of EU law in 2013-14
On 7 March 2017, the European Commission adopted Report on the implementation in 2013-14 of Regulation (EC) 561/2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and o ...
Discrimination: European Commission publishes Report on meaning of racial or ethnic origin in EU law
On 27 February 2017, the European Commission published a Report, "The meaning of racial or ethnic origin in EU law: between stereotypes and identities".
Revised European handbook on equality data published
The European Commission has published a revised version of the European handbook on equality data.
Discrimination: European Commission publishes Annual Report 2016 on its list of actions to advance LGBTI Equality
On 23 February 2017, the European Commission published its Annual Report 2016 on the list of actions to advance Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) Equality.
European Disability Strategy: European Commission adopts progress Report on implementation
On 2 February 2017, the European Commission adopted its progress Report on the implementation of the European Disability Strategy (2010-20).
European Solidarity Corps: European Commission launches public consultation
On 6 February 2017, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the European Solidarity Corps.
Health and safety at work: European Commission Directive establishing fourth list of indicative occupational exposure limit values published in Official Journal
European Commission Directive (EU) 2017/164 of 31 January 2017 establishing a fourth list of indicative occupational exposure limit values pursuant to Council Directive 98/24/EC was published in the O ...
Co-ordination of social security systems: European Commission adopts proposal for Regulation to update EU rules on social security co-ordination
The European Commission, on 13 December 2016, adopted a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) 883/2004 on the co-ordination of social securit ...
Professional services: European Commission adopts package of measures
On 10 January 2017, the European Commission adopted a package of measures to improve the EU's services economy.
Health and safety at work: European Commission adopts Communication on modernisation of occupational health and safety and proposal to amend Carcinogens Directive
On 10 January 2017, the European Commission adopted a Communication on modernisation of occupational health and safety legislation and policy and a proposal to amend the Carcinogens Directive.
IORP II: Directive (EU) 2016/2341 on the activities and supervision of institutions for occupational retirement provision published in Official Journal
On 23 December 2016, Directive (EU) 2016/2341 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 on the activities and supervision of institutions for occupational retirement provision ...
International carriage of passengers by coach and bus: European Commission publishes Inception Impact Assessment and public consultation on evaluation of Regulation (EC) 1073/2009
The European Commission, on 14 December 2016, published an Inception Impact Assessment and launched a public consultation on the review of Regulation (EC) 1073/2009 of the European Parliament and of t ...
Fishery working conditions: Council adopts Directive implementing 2012 Agreement between social partners
The Environment Council on 19 December 2016 adopted a Council Directive implementing the Agreement between the social partners concerning the implementation of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 of ...
Investing in Europe's youth: European Commission adopts three Communications and launches European Solidarity Corps
On 7 December 2016, the European Commission adopted three Communications with the aim of investing in Europe's youth.
IORP II: Council formally adopts IORP II Directive at first reading
On 8 December 2016, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council formally adopted the European Commission proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council o ...
Parris: no discrimination arising from death-bed marriage restriction in qualifying requirements for survivor's pension (ECJ)
The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has given judgment in David L Parris v Trinity College Dublin and others (Case C-443/15).
Responses to European Commission's consultation on EU personal pension framework
The European Commission has published the responses that it has received to its July 2016 consultation paper on a potential EU personal pension framework.
Internal market for road haulage: European Commission publishes Inception Impact Assessment on reviewing two Regulations
The European Commission, on 21 November 2016, adopted an Inception Impact Assessment on a review of Regulation (EC) 1071/2009 on access to the occupation of road transport operator and of Regulation ( ...
IORP II: European Parliament adopts first-reading position
On 24 November 2016, the European Parliament adopted its first-reading position on the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the activities and supervision of insti ...
No contract needed for employment relationship to exist for the purposes of the Temporary Agency Workers Directive
In Betriebsrat de Ruhrlandklinik gGmbH v Ruhrlandklinik gGmbH (C-216/15) the ECJ has considered whether bank nurses should be considered "workers" under the Temporary Agency Workers Directive (2008/10 ...
Related legislation trackers
- Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive: legislation tracker
- Equal treatment (religion, belief, disability, age, sexual orientation): legislation tracker
- European Accessibility Act: legislation tracker
- Gender balance on company boards: legislation tracker
- Long-Term Finance Package: Recast of IORP Directive: legislation tracker
- Long-Term Finance Package: legislation trackers
- Posting of workers: legislation tracker
- Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation: legislation tracker
- Working Time Directive: legislation tracker
Key ongoing EU legislative initiatives
A practice note presenting a selection of key ongoing EU legislative initiatives in this topic area that are currently going through the legislative procedure.