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The extent of the employer’s obligation to provide reduced working hours as a reasonable accommodation

Date: 20 December 2017. Topics

New legislation concerning Harassment / changes in the Labour Code and in the General Legislation for Civil Servants and Public Employees

Compatibility of the eligibility condition of prior residence in the Republic-controlled areas of Cyprus for access to welfare with the principles of non-discrimination and the best interests of the child

Whether a provision in the pensions law which provides for lower amounts to be paid to persons retiring at 61, compared to persons retiring at 63 falls within the scope of Directive 2000/78 and whether it can be justified by a legitimate aim

Whether it is possible to order effective measures to combat school segregation, such as the effective closing down of a segregated school

The Expert Commission for the assessment of the 2007 Anti-discrimination Federal Acts delivered its first annual report

Date: 8 November 2017. Topics

The Belgian Court of Cassation rendered its judgment in the Achbita case following the ruling of the Court of Justice concerning the ban of wearing religious symbols at work

Maximum age as an occupational requirement not discriminatory according to the Belgian Council of State

Date: 1 November 2017. Topics

Legislative Bill voted by the Brussels Parliament allowing new methods for labour inspectors to struggle against discrimination on the job market  

Court found violation of prohibition of discrimination and victimisation for dismissing an employee with disability

Date: 30 October 2017. Topics

Specification of the implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Ex officio investigation started following testing recording becomes viral

Discrimination in the field of social protection against legal resident third-country workers, who pay the same contributions to insurance agencies as Greek citizens

The Ombudsman finds that the policy of excluding foreign spouses of Cypriots from welfare entitlement as dependents of the applicant was unlawful

The hostility against gender politics endangers the needed ratification of the Istanbul Convention in the near future

Date: 13 September 2017. Topics

New provisions on employment of persons with disabilities generate major limitations to existing private protected units

New Act on Protection against Domestic Violence in parliamentary procedure

Publication of decisions with names of the parties

Date: 23 August 2017. Topics

A Ministerial Decree regarding the general duty to realize accessibility for persons with disabilities as provided for in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) has come into force on 21 June 2017

The Judges Code provides that a judge whose spouse does not work is not entitled to parental leave unless the spouse is unable to look after the child due to illness or injury

Date: 14 August 2017. Topics

The Federal Parliament passed a statute necessary for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

The federal parliament passed a law amending the Penal Code to improve the prosecution of stalking and the protection of victims

Can law be interpreted in a way that in order to protect the rule of equal treatment and non-discrimination limits, stifles freedom of thought, beliefs and views, as well as the economic freedom and freedom of transactions

May personal beliefs contrary to the catholic doctrine constitute a genuine and determining occupational requirement resulting in breach of the contract for leading a concert of lay songs organized by a religious entity?

Is ETA by limiting the scope of protection to only some discriminatory grounds in line with the Constitution that prohibits discrimination on any grounds or is that legislative omission unconstitutional?

Date: 9 August 2017. Topics

The Gender Equality Act was amended integrating the former Office for Equal Opportunities into the Office for Social Services

The Board of Directors of any of the certain legal persons governed by public law is composed by members of whom at least one third belongs to either sex

Constitutional court decision on abolishing the lifelong pension fees for mothers of three and more children, and adopted Law on entering into force of concerned decision of the Constitutional court

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