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The government is temporarily changing the first unpaid day of sick leave in response to the coro... [more]

The government is temporarily changing the first unpaid day of sick leave in response to the coronavirus. The decision means that workers will get sickness benefits from the moment they have to be absent from work due to illness, and the state rather than employers will foot the bill for the cost of the first day. Swedish law normally guarantees sick pay from the second day of illness, but concerns had been raised that employees would turn up at work despite feeling ill in order not to lose out on the first day's salary.

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Around 7,500 working days were lost in Sweden last year due to industrial action, breaking a year... [more]

Around 7,500 working days were lost in Sweden last year due to industrial action, breaking a years-long trend of decreasing conflicts. This figure is a big increase from the 50 working days lost to strikes and lockouts during 2018, and also up from the 2,570 days lost in 2017. Major conflicts between both port workers and SAS pilots and their employers led to the high figure, according to the annual report from the National Mediation Institute.

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More people applied for work permits in Sweden in 2019 than the year before, a continuation of an... [more]

More people applied for work permits in Sweden in 2019 than the year before, a continuation of an upward trend. 59,307 applications for Swedish work permits were submitted, according to new figures by the Swedish Migration Agency. The majority of applications where a decision was reached were approved, with a huge 42,095 work permits granted.

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Workers in Sweden enjoy relatively generous rights, especially when it comes to holidays. Most em... [more]

Workers in Sweden enjoy relatively generous rights, especially when it comes to holidays. Most employees of Swedish companies receive an extra so-called “holiday supplement” or “holiday salary” when they take their annual leave. Workplaces in Sweden must offer employees a minimum of 25 days’ paid annual leave, while many companies offer more, particularly for long-term employees.

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According to a new study also job applicants in their early 40s start feeling the effects of age ... [more]

According to a new study also job applicants in their early 40s start feeling the effects of age discrimination in the Swedish labour market. It is a challenge, both for society and for the individual, according to economist Magnus Carlsson, co-author of a new report for the government-appointed Delegation for Senior Labour. The results are based on more than 6,000 fake job applications to around 2,000 companies, applying for work in seven areas.

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On 16 October 2019, the Swedish Parliament voted in favour of the government’s proposal regarding... [more]

On 16 October 2019, the Swedish Parliament voted in favour of the government’s proposal regarding a raise of the age limit for the national public pension, and for amendments to the Employment Protection Act (the EPA) regarding the right to remain in employment. The amendments will enter into force on 1 January 2020. There is no general retirement age in Sweden. However, there are pension-related age limits in different regulations which will affect an employee’s decision on when to retire. The age at which the national public pension can start being drawn will be raised from 61 to 62 years as from 1 January 2020.

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Many employers are not aware that they must work on active measures to promote equal rights and o... [more]

Many employers are not aware that they must work on active measures to promote equal rights and opportunities for their employees. So says the Swedish government, which has appointed a commissioner tasked with coming up with proposals for how to make the monitoring of the discrimination act more effective.  The discrimination act does not only prohibit discrimination. It also makes employers responsible for working on active measures in order to achieve equal rights and opportunities for all.

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Swedish trade unions have been cagey about instructing their members one way or the other, but th... [more]

Swedish trade unions have been cagey about instructing their members one way or the other, but the three main union confederations – Saco, TCO and LO – have said that although they support environmental issues, they do not believe that launching a formal strike is the right way to go about it. Strikes in Sweden are a relatively regulated affair. The country has a low number of annual strike days, with trade unions enjoying strong influence in negotiating labour conditions with employers – and unlike in many countries a strike is seen only as a last-resort weapon that should not be wielded for political gain.

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The most significant reform is the much-debated decision to abolish Sweden's austerity tax which ... [more]

The most significant reform is the much-debated decision to abolish Sweden's austerity tax which is paid by high earners to the central government. It is expected to cost the government around six billion kronor a year.

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The Labour Cost Index in June 2019 for the private sector was 131.5 for wage earners and 134.3 fo... [more]

The Labour Cost Index in June 2019 for the private sector was 131.5 for wage earners and 134.3 for salaried employees. Compared with June 2018, labour costs have increased by 2.1% for wage earners and by 2.4% for salaried employees. Since mid-2019, a slowdown on the labour market has become manifest.

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