Labour law and work environment
Labour law and work environment concern the conditions in working life. The area also includes issues concerning wage formation and mediation in labour disputes. Fair working conditions and a good working environment contribute to high productivity in the Swedish economy, which is distinguished by high labour force participation and a high employment rate. No one who works in Sweden should have a job that exploits them or wears them out. No one should have to risk death or serious injury at work.
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European Commission wants to protect the Swedish model
Yesterday, the European Commission presented a proposal for a framework for adequate minimum wages across EU Member States. The Government welcomes the fact that the proposal will not impose an obligation on Sweden to introduce a statutory minimum wage or make collective agreements universally applicable.
Labour market initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2021
In the Budget Bill for 2021, the Government proposes labour market initiatives worth more than SEK 9 billion. The Government’s proposals are based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
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The Government of Sweden’s measures against sexual violence and harassment
One of the Swedish Government’s gender equality policy sub-goals is that men’s violence against women must stop. With reference to #metoo, the following lists some examples of implemented and forthcoming measures to counteract sexual violence, harassment and assault.
The Government of Sweden takes action against sexual violence and harassment
The #metoo movement in Sweden strongly demonstrates that more needs to be done to combat sexual harassment and sexual violence in workplaces and society at large. The Swedish Government requires all employers to take responsibility for a secure work environment. In the area of work environment and discrimination there are already many tools and relevant legislation, but the power and size of the petitions show that there are deficiencies in compliance with the regulations. For this reason, Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér have met with the labour market and union partners, and several ministers have in recent weeks convened meetings with heads of government agencies and business leaders in order to focus on the responsibility of employers to counteract sexual violence and harassment.
Posting of Workers Ordinance (Utstationeringsförordningen)
Launch of senior advisors for the Global Deal
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven launches an international group of senior advisors to the Global Deal for decent work and inclusive growth. The group will give strategic advise for the future work of the Global Deal initiative.
Closing address at Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth
Closing address by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, Gothenburg. Check against delivery.
Opening address at Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth
Opening address by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, Gothenburg. Check against delivery.
Media invitation: Ministerial conference on how gender equality can contribute to fair jobs and growth
On Wednesday 8 November, the media is welcome to attend the opening hour and subsequent press conference during #EqualityWorks17 at Gothia Towers in Gothenburg, hosted by Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. Representatives from the upcoming EU presidencies will attend and will discuss gender equality in relation to the labour market, the situation of women brought to light by the #MeToo campaign, and overall progress in the area of gender equality in the EU based on the Gender Equality Index of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), released in October.
Swedish statutes in translation - labour legislation
The Ministry of Employment provides non-official translations of some labour legislation.