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The provision of the ’4 Plus’ retirement benefits only to mothers under the new Act on Parental Supplementary Benefit of 31 January 2019, discriminates men and strengthens the stereotypical division of social gender roles.

“Good Friday” as a public paid holiday only for members of certain religious groups constitutes discrimination

New rights-based legislation replaces the Integration of Persons with Disabilities Act

Proposed law on anti-discrimination is blocked in Parliament by both MPs from parties in power and from opposition MPs

The Supreme Court reverses trial Court decision about the legality of an age restriction in a disability welfare scheme

Draft amendments to the law on family violence of 2005, do not comply to the Istanbul Convention

New laws to prevent and dismantle ghettos and parallel societies in Denmark

The ruling of the Constitutional Court in the field of migration lays the foundation for the recognition of the rights of same-sex couples and explicitly adds the grounds of sexual orientation as an integral part of the Constitutional Equality clause

Higher roof for payments during maternity/paternity leave

New Danish Act requires individuals to shake hands with a Danish official to obtain citizenship

The independent mechanism for the implementation of the CRPD delivers two conflicting decisions on complaints for disability discrimination in education

Date: 21 December 2018. Topics

Rejection of applicant wearing a headscarf

Government proposal to reform the article of the Spanish Constitution, regarding the rights of persons with disabilities

Project of a general reform of antidiscrimination legislation in Spain and the creation of an independent “Authority for equal treatment and non-discrimination”

The judgment of the National Court of 19 November 2018 annulled the statutes of a sex workers’ union arguing that prostitution cannot be considered a job and that, therefore, whoever exercises it cannot rely on the freedom of association to create a union

Date: 21 December 2018. Topics

Positive Discrimination

Date: 21 December 2018. Topics

Denial of reasonable accommodation in nursery school for a pupil with Down's Syndrome

Date: 5 December 2018. Topics

Law No. 60/2018 of 21 August 2018 for the promotion of equal pay of men and women

Code of Practice for the prevention of sexual harassment and harassment in employment & Code of Practice for combating of sexual harassment and harassment in employment in public sector

Date: 13 November 2018. Topics

Improving the coordination between the right to leave for the care of disabled people and the right to compulsory maternity leave

Date: 13 November 2018. Topics

Draft law amending the Gender Equality Act and related legal acts

Legality of the decision to remove alternative meals in school on the ground of secularity of the public service

Risk of shutting down of NGOs providing services to vulnerable groups due to restrictive anti-money laundering provisions

Court finds that Courts in the Republic of Cyprus have no jurisdiction to try disputes between members of the Turkish Community

Law of 10 August 2018 opens the gender marker change process by a declaration of intimate and stable conviction

Publication of manuals for politicians, judges, and local and regional gender equality commissions in the field of gender mainstreaming and promotion of gender equality

Date: 8 November 2018. Topics

The new law on higher education provides that female and male scientists are subjected to general provisions on the differentiation of retirement age, meaning that women shall retire at the age of 60, while men retire at the age of 65.

Preparation of the new National Gender Equality Policy

Date: 8 November 2018. Topics

Different levels of benefit for maternity and adoption leave

Law 6/2018, of 3 July 2018 (Final Disposition 38) has extended the paternity leave from four weeks to five weeks and has allowed the possibility to take the paternity leave in two parts.

New bills to prevent and dismantle ghettos and parallel societies in Denmark

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