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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

Ratification of the Istanbul Convention

Slovenia should protect its vulnerable people, including Roma, migrants, the erased and poor elderly

Access to services for blind and visually impaired people

Recommendations from ECRI on school segregation in Denmark

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved several bill proposals prepared by the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance aiming to regulate issues concerning the protection of paternity and maternity

Enforcement of equal treatment on the ground of age in the field of employment in the public sector

Date: 25 July 2017. Topics

Protection of the motherhood and fatherhood of self-employed workers – the introduction of smart working

Annual report of the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality for 2016

Date: 25 July 2017. Topics

Admissibility of headscarf in the courtroom by legal trainee

Amendments have been introduced to the Sickness Insurance Act introducing paternity and long-term care leave

The Act is intended to regulate cohabitants by introducing rights and duties depending on the status of the cohabitants. It introduces three different forms of cohabitation, that is, de facto cohabitation, cohabitation by means of a contract between the parties and cohabitation by means of a unilateral declaration.

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