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Albania ratifies ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment in Employment (C190)

Completing the implementation of the EU Directive (2019/1158) on Work-Life Balance

Implementation of the Work Life Balance Directive into national law, modifying various minor aspects in the light of the Directive

Publication date: 31 January 2023. Topics

Data analysis of origin to establish discrimination in hiring practices

Promotion of a negative stereotype regarding persons with homosexual orientation

A new model for disability assessment, better access to help and services, accessibility of information, handling of complaints etc.

National Airway company dress code and the right of men of African origin to wear braided hair

The German Bishop Conference amends and liberalises regulations guidelines for employees promoting diversity

Partial reform of the Non-Discrimination Act approved in the Parliament

Publication date: 10 January 2023. Topics

Triage Act: Second Law to Amend the German Protection Against Infection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz, IfSG) to protect against eventual discrimination

Legality of the Minister of Labour’s authorisation to dismiss a union representative, protected employee, for addressing his subordinates with racist, islamophobic and sexist language

Social media religious expression of an employee assuming public service duty

Equality Body finds age discrimination in the statutes of the journalists’ union which prohibit members no longer working as journalists from being elected in the governing board

Publication date: 10 January 2023. Topics

Implementation of the EU Directives (2000/43/EC, 2000/78/EC, 2004/113/EC and 2006/54/EC) in the fields of competence of the Joint Community Commission (Commission Communautaire Commune – Gemeenschappelijke Gemeenschapscommissie) of the Brussels-Capital Region

Publication of the 2021 Annual Report of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

A new Organic Law of comprehensive guarantee of sexual freedom has been passed

The key national policy instrument on gender equality adopted

Publication date: 18 October 2022. Topics

Supreme Court ruled that it did not constitute discrimination because of disability to dismiss a swimming instructor who had been granted a flex job because of her diagnoses of anxiety, depression and ADHD. The employer had fulfilled its obligation to provide reasonable accommodation

Publication date: 12 October 2022. Topics

The key national policy instrument on equality and non-discrimination adopted

Following amendment of its internal regulations and statutes, the main opposition political party ‘SYRIZA’ is the first Greek party to adopt a 50-50 gender equality quota for elections to its governing bodies

The Supreme Administrative Court considered that the police stop and search action was based on ethnic profiling and therefore was direct discrimination prohibited in the Non-Discrimination Act

The Spanish Constitutional Court has decided for the first time on a case of employment discrimination on grounds of gender identity

Publication date: 5 October 2022. Topics

Pay during family leave is not a legal obligation, but it is common as a collective agreement obligation. Mothers on maternity leave have been paid for a longer period than fathers on paternity leave. The new family leave legislation that came into force in the beginning of August replaced maternity leave with a much shorter pregnancy leave. The change caused difficult collective agreement negotiations, with possibly shorter duration of pay for women giving birth than previously

Publication date: 5 October 2022. Topics

The President wins a case at the Supreme Court against the Parliament and has two laws, which were seeking to remove age discrimination provisions, declared unconstitutional for leading to an increase of the state budget

The obstacles that students with disabilities face in the Greek educational system as a deterrent for their equal treatment and their inclusion

Publication date: 5 October 2022. Topics

Direct discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation in reimbursement rules of vaccines against human papillomavirus – HPV

Supreme Court rules that the dismissal of a teacher, who did not want to work on a Saturday because of his religion, did not constitute indirect discrimination because of religion or belief

Annual Report of the Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination, describing a sharp decrease in complaints concerning racial or ethnic discrimination, and a rise in administrative offence proceedings

For the first time revenge pornography is formally criminalised as a distinct crime against sexual freedom

Publication date: 26 September 2022. Topics

Committee of State and National Coordinator against Discrimination and Racism

Whether broadcasting a public-interest commercial regarding rainbow families in the 05.00-21.00 o’clock time slot can be banned on the basis of ‘child-protection’ arguments

Publication date: 23 August 2022. Topics

Public annual report on the activity of the Defender of Rights for the year 2021

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions voices serious criticism regarding the independence of Hungary’s equality body, the Ombudsman, and downgrades it due to the lack of functional independence

Evaluation of the Federal anti-discrimination legislation by a Commission of Independent experts

Eastern High Court rules that differential treatment based on the legal criterion ‘immigrant or descendant from non-Western countries’ does not constitute discrimination based on ‘ethnic origin’

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