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France – Agency staff are not outsiders to the final employer, court rules

18 March 2011

France's court of last resort (Cour de Cassation) has overruled a verdict by the Court of Versailles (Cour d'Appel), which had ruled that a temporary employee cannot sign redundancy papers for permanent employees because he or she is not a member of staff.The temporary employee in question worked...


UK – Flexible working during the Olympics

18 March 2011

A third of large companies intend to allow flexible working in order for staff to watch the Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to research from business advisory firm Deloitte.With tickets going on sale for the London 2012 Olympic Games the research shows that excitement is building in the U...


Sweden – Unemployment falls to 7.9%

18 March 2011

In February 2011 the number of employed persons aged 15 to 74 amounted to 4,557,000, up by +121,000 since February 2010, according to the latest figures published by Statistics Sweden (SCB).The rate of employment rose by +1.2 percentage points and amounted to 64.6% not adjusted for seasonality, a...


Greece – Unemployment rose to 14.2% in Q4 2010

18 March 2011

In Q4 2010 the number of employed amounted to 4,299,045 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 712,065. The unemployment rate was 14.2% compared to 12.4% in the previous quarter, and 10.3% in the corresponding quarter of 2009 the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic St...


OECD Countries – Pension reforms must deliver affordable and adequate benefits

18 March 2011

Recent reforms will still be insufficient to cover increased pension costs in the future, despite increases in retirement ages in half of the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to a new OECD report.'Pensions at a Glance 2011' says that by 205...


UK –Staffline acquires Ethos Recruitment

17 March 2011

Staffline Group Plc (STAF:LSE), the recruitment and outsourced HR services provider to industry, today announces the acquisition of Ethos Recruitment Limited (Ethos), the Daventry-based recruitment agency.The acquisition is in line with Staffline's business strategy of making selective bolt-on ac...


Europe – Labour demand increased significantly in 2010

17 March 2011

Growth in the total number of job vacancies (+26%), job-finders (+8%), Public Employment Services (PES) job vacancies (+6%), job vacancies for temporary agency workers (+22%) and on line job vacancies (+25%) indicates an increase in labour demand in Europe in Q3 2010 compared to Q3 2009, accordin...


Europe – Equal rights and treatment for foreign workers

17 March 2011

Non-European Union (EU) workers in Europe should have the same rights regarding working time, leave and social security as EU nationals, said the Employment Committee yesterday.However, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) also made it clear that Member States may choose to allow tax benefit...


Netherlands – Unemployment unchanged at 5.1% in February 2011

17 March 2011

The number of unemployed was unchanged in February 2011 at 400,000 or 5.1% of the workforce, according to the latest data published today by the Central Statistics Office (CBS).The unemployment rate for men increased from 4.7% in December 2010 to 4.9% in February 2011 whilst the unemployment rate...


Spain – More strikes but less working hours lost

17 March 2011

The number of working hours lost due to industrial action fell by -43.9% to 989.363 in February 2011 when compared to the same month of 2010, according to the latest industrial action report (Informe sobre Conflictividad Laboral) by employer organisation CEOE.The number of strikes, however, was u...