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Belgium – European Commission refers country to Court for refusing to recognise workers’ certificates

27 March 2015

The European Commission has decided to refer Belgium to the Court of Justice for refusing to recognise mobile workers' documents certifying that they pay social security in another Member State.It considers that the current rules in Belgium, which allow the authorities not to recognise such...


UK – Holiday pay should reflect a worker’s normal remuneration

27 March 2015

In order to accord with European law, holiday pay should reflect a worker’s normal remuneration, according to the outcome of an Employment Tribunal (ET), reports law firm Osborne Clarke.The case, “Lock vs British Gas Trading Ltd”, centred on the unlawful deduction of wages based on holiday pay be...


Germany – Hiring intentions up in March

27 March 2015

German companies have shown a greater willingness to hire new staff, according to the March Employment Barometer from the Institute for Economic Research (Ifo).The index rose to 108.1 points in March, up from 106.8 in February 2015 and up from 107.7 points in March 2014. The March 2015 index is a...


Belgium – Strong temporary staffing growth continues

27 March 2015

The number of hours worked by temporary workers in Belgium increased by 11.8% in February 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from Federgon, the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies.This follows an increase of 12.3% in the number of hours worked during...


Italy – Self-employment tax system revamped

27 March 2015

Following Parliamentary approval, a modified tax regime for the self-employed has been introduced in Italy, affective as of 1 January 2015, according to Capital Consulting; a global provider of employment and payment solutions.Previously, when registered as self-employed, or a sole trader, Italia...


Germany – Businesses and the staffing industry fear increased regulation on use of temporary workers

26 March 2015

Proposed changes to rules governing the use of temporary workers in Germany could actually make employment more precarious, whilst robbing businesses of flexibility, according to a report seen by German newspaper Handelsblatt.The business community has been up in arms ever since the ruling centre...


UK – Big jump in illegal worker fines

26 March 2015

British companies found to be employing illegal migrant workers were fined more than £24 million in 2014, an increase of 75% compared with the previous year, according to figures obtained by professional umbrella employer Parasol.The figures show that the gross value of civil penalties issued bet...


UK – Arrows Group appoints new Managing Director and Board

26 March 2015

Arrows Group Global; a UK-headquartered provider of staffing, project resourcing, and consulting services, has appointed a new, independent board led by Mike Jones as Managing Director.Mr Jones will lead the company’s transformation from a local, specialist recruiter into a global total workforce...


Scotland – Cordant opens five offices, plans for more

26 March 2015

Cordant People, part of recruitment group Cordant Recruitment, has opened offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Livingston, and Stirling; with sites in Aberdeen and Inverness to follow in the coming months, reports onrec.com.The company specialises in general staffing recruitment and is looking...


Russia – New law restricting use of temporary labour to come into force in 2016

25 March 2015

At a time when companies have the greatest need of flexibility, the Russian government has announced a new law that will restrict the use of temporary labour, reports The Moscow Times.The federal law on the restriction of the use of ‘outstaffing and contrac...