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  • 25 Mai 2016
    The Foundation Seminar Series aims to facilitate knowledge sharing, mutual learning and networking on a given topic between nominated practitioners from governments and social partners, by enabling tripartite exchanges of national and company policies and practices allowing for discussions between the participating countries in a neutral and informal setting. 
  • 20 Mai 2016
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face distinct disadvantages in the labour market ranging from discrimination in recruitment, wages or promotions to harassment and bullying in the workplace. Such problems are present across the entire EU and on average, 19% of LGBT employees feels discriminated at work.
  • 17 Mai 2016
    The hiring process in SMEs tends to be informal, and they put more emphasis on a candidate's skills and motivation than on formal qualifications. Finding a recruit who fits with the company culture and shares its ambitions is crucial.
  • 16 Mai 2016
    [Listen to Eurofound Research Officer Andrea Fromm introduce the new report on preventing the trafficking of labour here.]   Workers are mobile and can move freely within the EU single market across borders. In order to protect these workers from being exploited and enables businesses to engage in fair competition, the EU has strong legislation in place. But does that mean that trafficking does not exist within the EU’s borders?
  • 06 Mai 2016
    A mix of factors influences whether an SME creates jobs. Identifying those SMEs with job-creation potential is important so that any public support is wisely allocated.
  • 27 April 2016
    Some of the 33,000-plus labour market intermediaries operating in Europe recruit or transfer workers unlawfully, deceiving them about the nature of the job, the employer, the location, or other work conditions. Regulation of intermediaries is an important measure to combat trafficking for labour exploitation, as is the involvement of social partners.
  • 26 April 2016
    ** Listen to Eurofound Research Officer Sara Riso introduce the Start-up support for young people publication here.** The new Eurofound report ‘Start-up support for young people: From implementation to evaluation’ maps the variety of publicly supported interventions on youth entrepreneurship and reviews a range of policy evaluations assessing their impact and effectiveness.
  • 20 April 2016
    One year after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker relaunched European social dialogue at a high-level conference in Brussels, find out what progress has been made and how Eurofound has contributed to the work.
  • 19 April 2016
    The Netherlands took over the Presidency of the European Council from Luxembourg on 1 January 2016. The Netherlands Presidency will be focusing on four priority areas:Migration and international security, Europe as an innovator and job creator, Sound finances and a robust eurozone, and Forward-looking climate and energy policy. This work is being done within the framework of priorities agreed with the Council of the European Union by the three Presidencies for the period between January 2016 and June 2017 - the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta.
  • 06 April 2016
    The following article, originally written by Brian Sheehan from IRN Publishing for Eurofound's European Observatory of Working Life (EurWork), gives an overview of the reasons behind the decision to raise Ireland's National Minimum Wage (NMW) to above the 2007 level for the first time. The new rate was implemented on 1 January 2016, and followed on from a recommendation in the Low Pay Commission’s first annual report to increase the NMW by 50 cents per hour to a new hourly rate of €9.15. To read the original article please go