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Extension of the scope of the equal treatment principle: addition of grounds and fields; extension of the Ombudsman`s powers; procedural provisions not improved nor incorporated into procedural codes; inadequate transposition of Directive 2014/54/EU

Date: 2 May 2017. Topics

The Spanish Government withdrew subsidies for university education in gender equality and subsidies to small businesses to promote equality between men and women

Application of the rules of proof in a situation when the victim of discrimination is alone 

Whether a municipal decree banning religious clothing and on expressing support for homosexual marriage is constitutional in Hungary

No implicit derogations apply to contracts agreed with workers with disability

The Parliament amended and afterwards adopted the new version (recast) of the Equal Opportunities Act for Women and Men

Date: 24 April 2017. Topics

Amendments to the Penal Code to implement the Istanbul Convention concerning non-consensual sexual acts 

The Federal Court of Justice decided upon damages for loss of earnings due to the inability of the responsible local authority to offer sufficient and appropriate public childcare 

Monitoring of discrimination cases concerning public sector on behalf of the competent Equality Body

Whether the request of a client that an IT engineer intervening on site dress in a neutral manner and remove an Islamic veil can be held to be a genuine and determining occupational requirement 

The main French trade unions have challenged the admissibility of the candidacy to the professional elections of the National Corsican Trade Union because it promotes the ‘corsicanisation’ of hiring in Corsica 

The Ombudsman in her capacity as independent mechanism for monitoring the implementation of the CRPD found that a legislative provision requiring ‘full capacity’ as a precondition for naturalization violates the CRPD

Ireland’s indigenous Travelling community has been recognised by the government as an ethnic minority 

UNAR’s Financing activities and Responsibilities of its Director 

Conference on Equality and the future employment market

Company must accept that a Muslim woman use the hijab in positions of attention to the public

Temporary incapacity for work can be considered as disability, as a ‘long-term’ limitation at the time of the allegedly discriminatory act

Legislative changes to reduce the period of parental leave for parents coming to Sweden with older children

Date: 7 March 2017. Topics

Effectiveness of sanctions/ lack of compensation when age-discrimination has been established in a previous Supreme Court judgment

Date: 7 March 2017. Topics

Man discriminated against in applying for job

Date: 14 February 2017. Topics

Government White paper on the rights of people with cognitive disabilities - NOU 2016:17 På lik linje – åtte løft for å realisere grunnleggende rettigheter for personer med utviklingshemming (“On equal footing – 8 boosts to realize basic rights for people with cognitive disabilities”) sent on public hearing

Date: 14 February 2017. Topics

Almost ten years after establishing the paternity leave from first time Spain extends it from 13 days to four weeks

The Conformity to the prohibition of discrimination based on origin of the constitution of police controls based on orders of the public prosecutor to control illegal immigrants 

Public polemics and protest of mothers of three and more children against the Government’s decision to reduce the pensions, according to the adopted budget for 2017, and constitutionality of such a decision

Date: 14 February 2017. Topics

Various provisions relating to the promotion of equality and improvement of the overall legal regime of protection against discrimination

Following the adoption of the new protection against Discrimination Act a new equality body has been set up in Slovenia 

Allegations of unlawful actions by the President of the equality body arise, including abuse of competences, in reactions by CSOs non-discrimination network and an equality body Commissioner; Discrimination based on sexual orientation

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