Weekend News and Commentary – March 7 & 8

ON LABOR

On Friday, Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, passed legislation requiring some of Europe’s largest companies to give 30 percent of supervisory seats to women beginning next year; to pass, the legislation will have to be approved by Germany’s upper house, the Bundesrat. CNBC reports that the legislation was prompted by a survey finding women grossly under-represented in business life. Indeed, the survey revealed that there are no female chief executives among the thirty largest firms in Germany’s blue-chip DAX index. The new quotas, which will come into force in 2016 if the legislation is passed, will affect more than 100 companies which have employee representation on their supervisory boards; additionally, 3,500 medium-sized companies will have to determine their own quota for executive and supervisory board seats. According to Deutsche Welle, Family Minister Manuela Schwesig called the legislation a historic step for Germany and a historic day for equality, while…

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