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On 15 May 2024, the Luxembourg Parliament adopted draft bill No. 8304 (“Law”), which aims to implement Directive (EU) 2021/1883 of 20 October 2021 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly qualified employment (“Directive”).
The primary goal of the Directive is to update the EU Blue Card rules, providing a more targeted legal migration system to address skill shortages and facilitate entry for highly qualified workers. More specifically, it provides for more flexible admission conditions for highly skilled foreign workers, notably in terms of the minimum wage threshold, enhanced rights, more favorable conditions for family reunification, and the possibility of traveling and working more easily in other EU member states.

On 16 May 2024, the government launched a consultation concerning TUPE and European Works Councils (EWCs). There are three proposals under consultation: (1) Overturn the concept of split assignment in a TUPE transfer (where an employee’s contract of employment could be split between two transferees). (2) Confirm that TUPE only covers employees, not workers. (3) Repeal the remaining post-Brexit EWC legislation, which will likely see the end of any statutory obligations to maintain an EWC in the UK.

As the UK’s Parliament has now been dissolved until the general election on 4 July 2024, most draft legislation will no longer proceed. However, some unfinished business is passed through agreement between the government and the opposition parties in what is known as the “wash up” process. These include laws on non-disclosure clauses, fair allocation of tips, additional paternity leave where the mother (or primary adopter) of a child dies, and the statutory code on fire and rehire.

Discussion of AI adoption in the workplace seems to have reached fever pitch in recent months – with good reason. In this article for IEL, we summarize the current legal framework and regulatory attitudes, and venture our insights into what employers can realistically do now to mitigate legal risk and put them in the best position with respect to future developments.

On Wednesday 29 May 2024, the Swedish Parliament voted to adopt a bill to transpose the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) into local law. The new reporting requirements will enter into force on 1 July 2024 meaning that companies will have to report pursuant to the CSRD for the first time for the fiscal year beginning after June 2024. Accordingly, all companies with a calendar year as fiscal year will have to apply the legislation for the first time for FY2025.

Since 18 February 2024, most parts of Regulation (EU) 2023/1542 concerning batteries and waste batteries (“Batteries Regulation”) apply in all EU Member States. The new Regulation repeals and replaces the existing Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC) and seeks to make all batteries placed on the EU market more durable, safe, sustainable, and efficient. It significantly expands the extended producer responsibility (EPR) regime created by the existing Directive by introducing more detailed mandatory design, content and conformity assessment requirements aimed at ensuring the sustainability and circularity of batteries.

On 1 January 2022, Switzerland introduced due diligence and reporting requirements to address risks in the supply chains of Switzerland-based businesses related to child labor and so-called conflict minerals. On 24 May 2024, the European Council adopted the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D), which imposes EU-level due diligence requirements in the value chain (i.e., upstream and downstream), on top of existing regulations in this area at the EU member state level.
In this update, we provide an overview of the evolving regulatory landscape of supply chain due diligence requirements in Switzerland and the EU, as well as their practical implications, and we suggest action items for Swiss businesses with respect to supply chain governance and compliance programs. In doing so, we refer to further materials prepared by our environmental, social and governance (ESG) team across our EU offices.