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The OSCE – ODIHR, within BPRI  project, submitted recommendations to the Montenegrin Government regarding the politicisation of Minority Councils, who are in charge of the promotion and development of the rights of minorities and other minority ethnic groups and their members.  

1. Definition of disability

2. Reasonable accommodation

3. Conditions for applying a Danish provision entitling dismissals with a shorter notice period because of sickness related absence 


Gender equality in employment: maternity protection

Rights of persons living in a same-sex registered partnership (Eingetragene Lebensgemeinschaft)

A small firm’s “softened” obligation to establish reasonable accommodation

Protection of motherhood and fatherhood, promotion of reconciliation measures, protection against gender violence

Territorial and substantive competence of equality advisors, composition and functioning of the National Equality Committee, appointment procedures and allocations 

Date: 14 October 2015. Topics

Government of Cyprus signs Istanbul Convention

German legislator introduces a statutory 30 % gender quota for supervisory boards of all private companies that are listed and subject to full co-determination

Date: 14 October 2015. Topics

German legislator introduces a statutory 30 % gender quota for advisory boards, boards of directors, and similar supervisory bodies of bodies within federal control with at least three members 

German legislator extends the entitlements to home care leave and improved its financial support

Still waiting for a draft law to implement the Istanbul Convention concerning non-consensual sexual acts

Date: 14 October 2015. Topics

German legislator improves the flexibility of parental leave and rewards the equal sharing of the leave between parents

German legislator tried to introduce a new concept of ‘gender neutrality’ within the federal civil service

Date: 14 October 2015. Topics

Definition of ‘work relationship’ modified by legislative amendments

On September 22nd, after public consultations and selection from the long list of proposals, Ombud has announced 6 anti-discrimination research topics for the years 2016-2017

For the first time Ombud appoints a deputy responsible only for equality issues

Annual survey released by the national equality body shows trends in attitudes and perceptions regarding discrimination

CERD recommends to eliminate those features of Black Pete which reflect negative stereotypes 

Supreme Court Referral to the Court of Justice of the EU in Disability Case

Date: 29 September 2015. Topics

Whether the failure of a municipality to adequately plan and prepare the winding up of a segregated Roma neighbourhood (and thus creating the threat of homelessness among the concerned families) amounts to discrimination

In order to harmonise national legislation with international documents (primarily with United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities and the Optional Protocol to the Convention) as well as to improve anti-discriminatory legal framework on protection of persons with disabilities, Montenegrin Parliament adopted the new Law on Prohibition Against Discrimination of Persons with Disabilities on 26 June 2015.

Whether conditions of access to social housing as defined in municipal decree amount to indirect discrimination based on ethnicity

To sanction the failure to respect the disability quota under the Persons with Disability (Employment) Act

On 21 May 2015, the Slovak Parliament adopted a new Civil Dispute Act. The Act will have impacts on proceedings concerning alleged violations of the principle of equal treatment. The Act will come into effect on 1 July 2016.

On 30 June 2015, the Slovak Parliament adopted an amendment to the Schools Act that contains various provisions allegedly aimed at de-segregation of Roma children in education. However, the content of the provisions adopted and the collisions with other provisions that still exist in the Slovak legal order generate confusions and show no real potential for de-segregation of Roma children.

Municipal policy passively reducing the number of trailer parks to zero is discriminatory on the ground of race

Supreme Court did not find discrimination in its decision concerning a claim of sexual harassment and mobbing at the Charles University

1. Definition of disability.

2. Obligation to establish reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities.

3. Whether a national provision entitling a dismissal with a shorter notice period because of sickness related absence is in conflict the Directive 2000/78.

The burden is on the employer to prove that reasonable accommodation imposes a disproportionate burden

A doctor’s view on the duration of an illness is very important when establishing whether an illness constitutes a disability

Date: 4 August 2015. Topics

Change of employment conditions by the employer constitutes a dismissal. The burden of proof with regard to reasonable accommodation is on the employer.

Date: 4 August 2015. Topics

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