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Netherlands — Clients jointly liable for rogue staffing agencies

31 December 2009

  The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announces that from 1 January 2010 clients who hire temporary employees via staffing agencies, which are not certified to comply with the standards of the independent Labour Standards Foundation (SNA) are legally liable for the payment of minimum w...


UK — City gives SThree the thumbs up

31 December 2009

  SThree (STHR:LSE) shares have benefitted from recovered hopes for the industry and revived takeover speculation during of the quietest times of the year, the Daily Mail reports. Shares jumped 10.3 Pence to a year's high of 294 Pence as buyers either believe that 2010 will be a much better yea...


Germany — The majority of industry sectors predict further redundancies for 2010

30 December 2009

A new survey by the Institute of the German Economy (IW) carried out among 44 industry associations across the country reveals that whilst the majority of industry sectors believe that the worst of the crisis is over, the majority also believe that further redundancies will be inevitable in 2010....


Netherlands — No agreement on criteria for early retirement

30 December 2009

The concept of excluding people with 'heavy duty jobs' from the government's decision to extend the age for receiving the State Pension (AOW) from 65 to 67 by 2025 continues to cause controversy in The Netherlands. Following public and political pressure the Social Affairs Minister has agreed to...


UK — NHS spending on agency staff up by 60% over two years

30 December 2009

The British government opposition (Conservatives) have branded government spending on staffing agency personnel for the National Health Service (NHS) as wasteful, the BBC reports. Recent figures reveal that the NHS spent almost 1.3 billion Pounds on agency staff in the year 2008/2009, a 60% rise...


France — People with disabilities criticise government

30 December 2009

  The decision by the government to delay the starting date for stricter penalties for companies who do not employ people with disabilities by three months has been strongly criticised by the Association of the Victims of Accidents at Work (Fnath) and the Association of Paralysed People (APF)....


Germany — The majority of industry sectors predict further redundancies for 2010

30 December 2009

  A new survey by the Institute of the German Economy (IW) carried out among 44 industry associations across the country reveals that whilst the majority of industry sectors believe that the worst of the crisis is over, the majority also believe that further redundancies will be inevitable in 20...


UK — NHS spending on agency staff up by 60% over two years

30 December 2009

  The British government opposition (Conservatives) have branded government spending on staffing agency personnel for the National Health Service (NHS) as wasteful, the BBC reports. Recent figures reveal that the NHS spent almost 1.3 billion Pounds on agency staff in the year 2008/2009, a 60% r...


France — People with disabilities criticise government

30 December 2009

The decision by the government to delay the starting date for stricter penalties for companies who do not employ people with disabilities by three months has been strongly criticised by the Association of the Victims of Accidents at Work (Fnath) and the Association of Paralysed People (APF). In...


Netherlands — No agreement on criteria for early retirement

30 December 2009

  The concept of excluding people with 'heavy duty jobs' from the government's decision to extend the age for receiving the State Pension (AOW) from 65 to 67 by 2025 continues to cause controversy in The Netherlands. Following public and political pressure the Social Affairs Minister has agreed...