Amendments to the Employment Protection Act (Ministry Publications Series 2021:17): Labour law reform

June 15, 2021

Amendments to the Employment Protection Act (Ministry Publications Series 2021:17): Labour law reform – for flexibility, adaptability and security on the labour market

As we have described earlier, many of Sweden’s social partners have reached an agreement in principle for changes to labour and employment law. They have joined together in requesting that the Swedish Government present legislative proposals regarding those elements covered by the agreement in principle. From our perspective, the changes that will have the greatest impact on employers in the private sector relate to termination of employment for personal reasons and the enhanced possibility to implement exceptions to the rules regarding the order of selection for redundancy and a more explicit responsibility for skills development. Naturally, we will revisit these changes and the proposed legislation in the autumn when we have a better idea how the legislative proposal has taken shape following the referral round.

Stay tuned.

New statute prohibits unfair terms and conditions and practices in conjunction with the purchase of agricultural and food products

The so-called UTP Act prohibits buyers from using certain terms and conditions and practices against suppliers of agricultural and food products. The Swedish Competition Authority exercises supervision and can, among other things, carry out unannounced inspections and order individual to attend formal interviews. In conjunction with violations, sanctions such as injunctions subject to a default fine or a sanction fee of up to one per cent of the buyer’s annual turnover can be imposed. The UTP Act will enter into force on 1 November 2021 and will also be applicable to contracts which are entered into prior to this date.
October 05, 2021

Vinge employs additional antitrust economists to further strengthen its practice

We welcome Adam Löfquist and Carl Widstrand to our EU, Competition & Regulatory practice group.
September 30, 2021

European Commission provides sanctions compliance guidance

The European Commission has recently issued three opinions regarding the interpretation of asset freeze provisions in certain sanctions legislation pertaining to Central African Republic, Ukraine, Libya and Syria. The opinions are also of relevance for other sanctions regimes which provide for the same or similar restrictions. Therefore, their practical relevance goes far beyond the sanctions regimes in the context of which they were issued and they therefore provide for helpful guidance regarding the required thresholds for sanctions compliance generally.
September 20, 2021