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Global employment briefing: Sweden, January 2015

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    Changes to disability discrimination legislation

    Changes to existing disability discrimination legislation in relation to lack of availability or accessibility to disabled people has taken effect on 1 January 2015. For further information see our briefing.

    Proposed new regulations from the Swedish Work Environment Authority

    The Swedish Work Environment Authority has published new draft regulations concerning the organisational and social work environment. The regulations have been welcomed by experts as well as union representatives, but the employer’s organisation, Svenskt Näringsliv, is critical.

    Reported cases of sickness absence due to organisational and social reasons have increased by 50% over the last four years. According to the Work Environment Authority, the existing regulations are not effective in tackling this problem.

    The new regulations aim to make employers’ obligations clearer and address, among other things, workload, working hours, conflict in the workplace and abusive treatment. A public consultation on the new regulations closed on 17 December 2014 and they are expected to be implemented during 2015.

    Upcoming Official reports of the Swedish Government, Spring 2015

    Implementation of Directive 2014/67/EU – Posted Workers

    This report, to be published no later than 31 March 2015, will propose how Directive 2014/67/EU is to be implemented in Sweden. This Directive is aimed at strengthening the enforcement of the Posted Workers Directive (96/71/EC), given evidence of abuse and circumvention of the rights of posted workers by some businesses across the EU.

    The deadline for the implementation of the Directive by Member States is 18 June 2016.

    Posted Workers – Swedish legislation

    A parliamentary committee is to evaluate the changes that were made to the Posting of Workers Act (1999:678), the so called lex Laval, due to the Laval judgment (C-341/05). Before this can happen, a review of posted workers in Sweden will take place. This will, among other things, cover the number of posted workers in Sweden per year, from which countries the posted workers come and the businesses associated with posted workers. The report is to be published no later than 31 May 2015.


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