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  • Norway: Proposed changes in retirement age legislation

    A proposal to increase the retirement age in Norway from 70 to 72 years-old has had a mixed reaction. Changes to legislation relating to the age at which a person’s employment can be automatically terminated by an employer were proposed in November 2014. The changes are not related to the pension...
  • Luxembourg: New Labour Code measures for older workers

    A bill modifying Luxembourg’s Labour Code and introducing measures on ageing policies was introduced on 3 April 2014. The aim of the bill is to ‘improve the place of older workers in the economic system’, helping them to stay in work or return to the labour market. Reasons for reform Luxembourg has...
  • European Industrial Relations Dictionary - Discrimination and equality in employment

    Within the field of employment, discrimination and equality apply in relation to gender, ethnic or racial origins and nationality, disability, sexuality, religion, transgender and age. Discrimination and equality are governed by the key principle that a worker should receive ‘no less favourable...
  • Case studies

    Eurofound has investigated issues related to working life through a number of case study projects. The following are relevant to the work of EurWORK. Attractive workplace for all (102 cases) Date: 2006-2007 These cases are examples of 'win-win situations', showing that it is possible to combine...
  • Sustainable employment and occupational profile

    Keeping people in employment until retirement age is a hot topic in the Netherlands, as it is across the rest of the European Union. A series of Dutch studies shows that workers in some sectors are more likely to be able and willing to work until retirement age and others less so, such as craft and...
  • Study points to discrimination in recruiting process

    A study of recruitment in Austria shows the country has a particular issue with discrimination in the labour market in terms of age, gender and ethnicity. The research suggests that, although general discrimination in Austria is perceived as below the EU27 average, this is not the case in...
  • Unfair treatment of older people in the labour market

    A research study has looked at employment among people aged 50+ in Slovakia. It looked at the possibility of creating a national programme for ‘active ageing’. The study focused on opportunities for finding employment among people aged 50+. It sought opinions of people aged between 50 and 64, as...
  • Low economic activity among people over 45

    The low activity rate in Poland’s labour market among women aged between 45 and 69 has been confirmed by a recent study. The research is being used to shape the government response to the problem of an ageing workforce combined with a rising retirement age. The research figures show the public...
  • Better ‘workability’ means longer careers

    The most recent results from a three-yearly study that examines perceptions of work in Belgium’s Flemish Region, asking respondents to score ‘workability’ factors, showed that just over half the employees who participated were in a job where they felt motivated and offered them the chance to learn...
  • Sharp fall in minimum pension scheme claims

    The number of workers who rely on the French minimum pension scheme has declined sharply in recent decades. The drop has been put down to the improved coverage of the regular pension system and higher labour market participation rates among women. Female pensioners are still in the majority among...

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