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Limitation of the scope of general prohibition to employ women for works particularly burdensome and detrimental for their health, to the pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Date: 21 September 2016. Topics

Collective agreements can improve legislation on reduction of working hours for parental reasons, even if the improvement was established in the collective agreement before the legislative reform of 2012

Date: 20 September 2016. Topics

Position of women in company boards

Date: 20 September 2016. Topics

Legality of Municipal bylaws forbidding Islamic swimwear on the beach

Government – proposal for amendment of the State Social Support Act

Date: 20 September 2016. Topics

Introduction of the possibility to limit expression of religious freedom by way of the employer’s in-house regulation

Federal Antidiscrimination Body publishes guidelines on preventing and tackling sexual harassment in the workplace

Date: 20 September 2016. Topics

Federal Ministry for Family and Senior Citizens, Women and Youth insists on the implementation of its draft law on pay equity including pay transparency 

Date: 20 September 2016. Topics

Dutch parliament passes bill extending the scope of the Disability Discrimination Act to the area of goods and services

Disadvantages caused by parental leave constitute a prohibited indirect sex discrimination 

Date: 20 September 2016. Topics

Legislation to increase the number of women in higher positions within the civil service of North Rhine-Westfalia by amending the equal qualification requirements

Date: 20 September 2016. Topics

Social housing criteria deemed as discriminatory following ex officio NCCD investigation

Draft on maternity protection highlighting the personal autonomy of pregnant and breastfeeding persons irrespective of their legal gender status

Political aim to split the various functions of the national equality body into separate bodies

Is the State liable for lack of implementation of the European Convention on Social Rights (ECSR - the "Social Charter")?

Date: 11 July 2016. Topics

Does abuse of vulnerable migrant domestic workers amount to unlawful nationality discrimination? 

Police Roma Registration regarded as discrimination

First court case claiming compensation because of ethnic discrimination 

Fighting all forms of gender based violence

New legislation affecting employment rights in line with Directive 2000/78/EC 

Report on activities undertaken in 2015 by the two institutions holding competences in relation to equality and non-discrimination

Amendments made to the Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act listing fourteen rights rendering the said rights enforceable. Amendments also strengthen the KNPD’s regulatory role to ensure that the rights of persons with a disability are safeguarded

Forced eviction, housing policy of people of Roma origin

The equality body applies the Racial Equality Directive to labour market restrictions affecting third country nationals and gives a wide interpretation to the term ‘racial or ethnic origin’  

Does the use of the words “Negro” and “American” by a public social worker constitute discrimination? 

The extent of the employer’s obligation to provide reasonable accommodation 

Can obesity be deemed to be a disability covered by the Act on Prohibition of Discrimination in the Labour Market etc. 

Finland deposited its instrument of ratification concerning the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol with the Secretary General of the United Nations. The Convention and its Optional Protocol will thus enter into force for Finland on 10 June 2016

Extension of maternity leave and increased flexibility

Changes in the Labour Code and in civil servants legislation / gender discrimination in language 

Did the dismissal of a woman because of long absence from her job constitute indirect discrimination because of her son’s disability? 

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