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Sweden: Midwife case now at European Court of Human Rights

In 2014 a midwife sued the County Council of Jönköping for discrimination. It had refused to give her work in three different clinics after she told it that she would not carry out abortions on grounds of her Christian beliefs. The clinics said that their reluctance to employ her was not based on her faith but because she did not intend to carry out all duties required by her employment.

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Sweden: New regulatory and case law developments

As of 1 January 2017 a number of changes in the Swedish Discrimination Act have entered into force. The changes are briefly summarized below.

1. Since before, the Discrimination Act requires all employers to take active measures to bring about equal rights and opportunities in the workplace regardless of gender, ethnicity and religion. This requirement has now been extended to comprise all seven grounds for discrimination protected under the Act. It now requires employers to also consider transgender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation and age when planning active measures against discrimination and for equal treatment in the workplace. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Sweden reduces non-compete periods

The confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Swe: Svenskt Näringsliv) and the Federation of Salaried Employees in Industry and Services (Swe: PTK) have negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement on non-compete clauses (“the New Non-Compete Agreement”) that replaces the previous agreement from 1969. The New Non-Compete Agreement will apply to non-compete clauses entered into by employers bound by it as of 1 December 2015. Ganzen Artikel lesen


New provisions regarding organizational and social work environment in Sweden

The Swedish Work Environment Authority has issued new provisions governing the organizational and social work environment. The provisions apply to all activities where employees perform work on behalf of an employer. The purpose of the provisions is to promote a good work environment and prevent risk of ill health due to organizational and social conditions in the work environment. Ganzen Artikel lesen