Don't fall foul of discrimination laws

30th of June 2011
Don't fall foul of discrimination laws

The law on workplace discrimination is a minefield for the unwary, with employers who fail to watch their step risking becoming embroiled in costly and time-consuming disputes that can be as damaging to their reputation as their bottom line. Hartley Milner reports on the pitfalls of the legislation for businesses.

A notice of claim from an

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Open borders advantages

30th of June 2011

Leading economists agree that Germany will profit from openings its borders to workers from the newest EU member states. Restrictions were lifted on May 1 to allow people from the eight central European countries to enter the country.

The opening of the German labour market comes at the right time, according to Michael Hüther, president of

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Eurozone growth accelerates

29th of June 2011

The economy of the 17 countries in the eurozone grew by 0.8 per cent in the first three months of 2011, up from 0.3 per cent in the previous quarter. Germany was largely responsible for the figure - which was better than expected - reporting growth of 1.5 per cent.

Debt-laden Greece surprisingly showed growth of 0.8 per cent, while France grew by

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New Dutch labour law

29th of June 2011

From July 1 it will be a condition for companies bidding for Dutch state tenders over 286,000 euros that at least five per cent of their staff are registered disabled or employed directly from the unemployment register.

This policy will be elaborated further during the next two years and eventually enshrined in legislation.

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Redrawing the rules on European tax

19th of May 2011
Redrawing the rules on European tax

Business leaders in Europe are being urged to have their say in a consultation that could lead to the most radical shake-up of the VAT system in more than 40 years. The European Commission wants a “simpler, more robust and efficient” structure that will reduce the impact of the economic crisis on national budgets and help drive the

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Eurozone recovery gains ground

19th of May 2011

The European Commission has raised its eurozone growth forecast and announced that the economic recovery is gaining ground. But it was also quick to warn of higher inflation as a result of surging oil prices.

EU economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn said he expected gross domestic product in the 17-countries eurozone to increase by

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