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Measures taken in the context of COVID-19 have affected vulnerable groups in a particularly negative way

On 30 April 2020, the Polish Parliament passed legislation amending the Code of Civil Procedure and some other acts, providing for the possibility of the police issuing an order for the perpetrator of violence to leave the premises occupied together with the victim, without the need to initiate criminal proceedings

Publication date: 17 June 2020. Topics

Liechtenstein Government decided to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 26 May 2020

Implementation of policies and measures concerning the equality and inclusion of Roma living in marginalised communities

Caring benefits more generous during COVID 19 quarantine

The legality of the conditions of eviction of illegal camp occupied by a Roma family

Discrimination against tenants on the basis of their actual or perceived nationality

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

Significant increase of domestic violence against women during the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Survivor’s right to tell the story v. perpetrator’s honour and dignity

Female salaried lawyers not entitled to adequate maternity allowance in breach of Article 11(2)(b) Directive 92/85/EEC due to the non-adoption of the Single Benefits Regulation by the general social security scheme ‘EFKA’ since 01.01.2017

Relocation of the Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment within the governmental administrative structure: from the Chancellery of the Prime Minister to the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy

Among anti-COVID-19 measures, the government introduced recommended and mandatory time slots for grocery shopping for persons defined by age and disability

Whether the contents and implementation of equal opportunity plans adopted by certain employers can be examined and assessed by the Equal Treatment Authority

In the context of the state of emergency the Government extends the mandate of the NCCD Steering Board members by means of Emergency Ordinance

Concept of discrimination and personal autonomy

Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace

Gender division of labour

Publication date: 13 May 2020. Topics

Fathers take parental leave and mothers stay at home

Employment and working conditions – parental benefits Strengthening the rights of father’s parental benefits

Αward of bonus points to candidate seasonal firefighters who have served in the army or in other corps to which women have no or only limited access

Publication date: 30 April 2020. Topics

The Education Bill explicitly introduces equal treatment and non-discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, disability, age, illness, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity

The wearing of a beard interpreted as a religious sign in the public service

Testing of discrimination in access to employment of persons of North African origin and living in specific geographical areas

Limits to the obligation to implement reasonable accommodations in employment

Publication date: 30 April 2020. Topics

Indirect discrimination upon returning from parental leave

Publication date: 15 April 2020. Topics

 Annual report of the national equality body for 2019

Implementation of policies and measures concerning persons living in marginalised Roma communities in the context of the current spread of COVID-19

Successive increase and decrease of minimum height requirement for female candidates to Port Police makes doubtful whether the set height of 1.65 m is a genuine occupational requirement

Publication date: 3 April 2020. Topics

Higher minimum height for male candidates to the Fire Brigade does not entail gender discrimination

Publication date: 3 April 2020. Topics

Follow-up to the CJEU Kalliri C-409/16 - Common minimum height requirement to the detriment of women for access to the Police Academy entails indirect gender discrimination

Publication date: 3 April 2020. Topics

Urgent measures for family related leave due to COVID-19

The local municipality of Herning established a special section in a primary school for children with an ethnic minority background

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