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Employment Law - September 2017

More Obama-Era Policies—Pay Data Collection, Overtime Rule—Fall - Why it matters - Continuing the rollback of Obama-era policies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hit pause on the collection of...more

European Court Restricts Employer Access to Employee’s Private Communications

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With its recent ruling in Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made a decision of enormous impact for employers in Europe. The decision makes clear...more

Pensions Round-Up - July/August 2017 (UK)

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Welcome to the latest edition of Pensions Round-Up which provides an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at key developments from the second half of July...more

European Court Rules On Employee Monitoring Programs And Privacy

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its decision in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) on September 5, an appeal from a determination by the Romanian courts...more

European Court Provides Further Clarity on Employee Monitoring

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The September 5, 2017, decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Barbulescu v Romania (Barbulescu) has interrupted a recent trend toward limiting privacy in the European workplace. The...more

European Court Says Employers Cannot Monitor Employees' Personal Email Sent on Company Servers

The European Union has taken a substantially different approach than the United States to employee online privacy rights. Upcoming ePrivacy regulations promise to limit employers’ ability to monitor employee electronic...more

Vendor Breaches and Their Implications for Employers

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The announcement by Equifax, Inc. that it had been victimized in a hacking incident involving the personal information of 143 million Americans generated headlines this past week. The sheer size of the hack means that most...more

New Class Action Litigation Risks – What Businesses Need To Know

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The plaintiffs’ bar has recently brought a flurry of class action lawsuits against businesses under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, commonly known as “BIPA.”...more

Hidden Hiring Landmine: Fair Credit Reporting Act Obligations

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Every year, an increasing number of states and localities clamp down on an employer’s ability to ask about applicants’ criminal histories (our update from earlier this year provides a good primer). The good news is that...more

Employers Increasingly Targets Of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Lawsuits

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has been the law in Illinois since 2008, in the past year, there have been at least 12 class actions filed against employers in Illinois state and federal courts seeking...more

Employee privacy and monitoring

by Dechert LLP on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held in Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08) last week that there was a breach of the right to privacy where an employer searched the contents of an...more

Hurricane Hardship and Loan Relief Also Extended to Hurricane Irma, Pension Relief and a Cybersecurity Update

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The Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) issued and announcement providing relief from verification of the qualification of an individual’s request for a hardship withdrawal or a loan in order for a person to obtain the...more

The European Court of Human Rights sets out criteria for lawful monitoring of employees

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On 5 September 2017, in the case of Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights reversed a First Chamber decision and found that the Romanian courts, in reviewing...more

EU Case Confirms That Employers Do Not Have Carte Blanche For Workplace Monitoring

by Reed Smith on

In early 2016, a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) case (Barbulescu v. Romania) attracted much publicity because it appeared to give employers the green light to read employees’ private emails. The decision in the...more

EU GDPR Takes Effect on May 25, 2018: Is Your Company Prepared

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Does your company control or process personal data of employees residing in the European Union? If so, be aware of the upcoming implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The deadline for complying with...more

Project planning for GDPR compliance: UK pension schemes

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The General Data Protection Regulation takes effect from 25 May 2018, and will require significant planning and preparation by UK pension schemes. Although many of the basic concepts set out in the GDPR will be familiar,...more

Employment News - September 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Don’t look now – European Court decides monitoring employee's email account did breach privacy right - In Barbulescu v Romania the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has decided that an employee's right to...more

August 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. August was no...more

European Court of Human Rights Overturns Decision on Employee Email Monitoring

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Back in January 2016 Sarah Thompson reported on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) which ruled in favour of an employer who had terminated an employee’s employment, after investigating his misuse of a company email...more

ECHR Ruling: Dismissal Based on Monitoring of Employee’s Communications Illegal

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Be aware! Today’s decision of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) may force companies to rethink their policies on private internet use of their employees at work (No. 61496/08). The Straßburg court held a...more

Harvey And Irma – Reminders To Adopt/Reevaluate Your Disaster Recovery Plan

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The effects of hurricanes like Harvey and the approaching Irma should be a reminder to all businesses of the importance of disaster recovery planning. When a storm approaches, a business’s first concern is how to protect its...more

Cyber Crime Pays! Different Attacks Have Different Values

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Cisco’s midyear report showed that CEO fraud netted cybercrime five times more money than ransomware over the last three years. CEO fraud is a scam in which cybercriminals spoof company e-mail accounts and impersonate...more

WPI State of the States: Labor Day Edition

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The holiday weekend marked the end of summer fun, but state legislatures across the country remained hard at work in August. Roughly nine statehouses are in active session. In other jurisdictions, such as Florida and Ohio,...more

First Round of Hurricane Harvey Relief Guidance

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No good deed goes unpunished and as soon as I hit send on the last alert on Hurricane Harvey relief, three more pieces of relief guidance relevant to employers and their employee benefit plans were released. The Internal...more

Retailers Should Be Aware of Data Privacy Concerns With Bring Your Own Device Policies

by Bryan Cave on

Many retailers permit their employees to use personal mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to access company-specific information, such as email, under a Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) policy. BYOD policies can be...more

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