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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New work environment agency in Sweden
To strengthen national and international work environment efforts, the Government has today decided to establish a new government agency for work environment awareness. The agency is to be situated in Gävle and will start operations on 1 June 2018.
Ministry of Employment initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2018
Everyone who can work should work and contribute to our common welfare. This is why, in the autumn budget, the Government is investing in strengthening labour market measures and the integration of new arrivals. The Government is reforming the system of subsidised employment and introducing a new, uniform supportive measure – introductory jobs. The Government is also strengthening efforts for a sustainable working life by establishing a new agency for work environment awareness and allocating funds for the development of methods to combat unfair competition. Moreover, the Government is investing in measures to continue creating a sustainable reception system and ensuring the effective integration of newly arrived immigrants. The paths to employment will be strengthened through a new regulatory framework for Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish public employment service) on the integration of new arrivals and the introduction of an education and training obligation. The Budget Bill for 2018 is based on an agreement between the Government and the Left Party.
Amendment of regulations concerning the notification obligation in connection with posting
The regulations for posting in Sweden are based on the employee organisations having main responsibility for monitoring working and employment conditions for employees posted to Sweden. At the same time, the Swedish Work Environment Authority supervises the working environment of those posted. In order for this control and supervision to function, an amended regulatory framework for notification obligation for posting is proposed in a ministry memorandum from the Ministry of Employment.
Proposal for fairer working conditions in the transport industry
Conditions in the transport sector are important in relation to the Government’s work for fair working conditions in the labour market. In a ministry memorandum from the Ministry of Employment, amendments to the Posting of Workers Act are proposed with the aim of clarifying the applicability of the regulatory framework to the carriage of goods by road and improving supervision and regulatory compliance.
Important legislative proposal that expands upon the Swedish labour market model in situations involving the posting of workers
The Government has adopted the government bill ‘New posting regulations’. These legislative amendments help create a more effective and efficient system for the protection of the rights of posted workers under the EU Posting of Workers Directive and the Enforcement Directive. The legislative proposal also contains provisions aimed at increasing transparency and predictability when posting workers so that it will be easier for companies that post workers to find out what conditions apply in the Swedish labour market.
Employment (Co-Determination in the Workplace) Act (Lag om medbestämmande i arbetslivet)
Non-official translation. Amendments: up to and including SFS 2013:615.
Board Representation (Private Sector Employees) Act (Lag om styrelserepresentation för de privatanställda)
Non-official translation. Amendments: up to and including SFS 2010:2053.