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The United Kingdom (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has made available a final notice (10 December 2013) fining a number of Lloyds Banking Group entities a total of £28,038,800 for retail conduct failings.

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The European Commission (EC) has announced that the European Union (EU) Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), which consists of EU member states' employment, social protection, consumer protection, health and equal opportunities Ministers, has agreed on a general approach on the EC's proposal (21 March 2012) for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU on the enforcement of Directive 96/71/EC (the Posted Workers Directive).

EU Report Calls for Greater Action on Equal Pay

11 Dec 2013
Written by World Watch

The European Commission (EC) has released its report (6 December 2013), accompanied by annexes (6 December 2013) and a brochure (undated), to the European Parliament and to the Council of the European Union (EU) on the application of Directive 2006/54/EC (the Equal Treatment Directive). The Equal Treatment Directive relates to "the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation".

The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that Maine-based stone-crushing plant operator Ferraiolo Constructions Inc and its owner-president John Ferraiolo have resolved a former employee's allegations that the company "terminated [the worker's] employment ... in retaliation [against] his having made recurring safety complaints".

The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that two entities trading as the Connecticut-based grocery store chain Foodworks have settled allegations that they engaged in disability-related discrimination.

The United States Department of Labor (DoL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has advised that whistleblowers covered by OSHA-administered statutes (further information) can now submit complaints electronically via the OSHA online whistleblower complaint form.

Sweden-based global clothing brand group H&M Group (H&M) has announced the launch of a new strategy to provide approximately 850,000 textile workers at its suppliers' factories with a fair living wage by 2018 and has revised its roadmap (further information) accordingly.

The European Parliament (EP) has announced that, under a draft European Union (EU) Directive recently voted by the EP, stock exchange listed companies in the EU must improve on the "open, transparent procedure for appointing non-executive board members to listed companies" and ensure that by 2020 at least 40% of their non-executive directors are women.

The Department of Commerce work health and safety division WorkSafe WA in the Australian state of Western Australia (WA) has announced that BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd has been fined A$40,000 and ordered to pay over A$1,800 in costs in relation to a June 2010 incident in which a machinery operator sustained serious injuries to his arm after it was caught in a plasterboard perforator.

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