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Germany: Monitoring and/or Reading of Employees' Emails

Although there is no German law specifically prohibiting monitoring or reading of employee emails, the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – hereinafter “BDSG”) as well as the German Telecommunication Act…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

France: Taking into Account Absences Due to a Strike While Calculating Bonuses Does Not Necessarily Infringe the Right and the Freedom to Strike

Under the French Labor Code, the exercise of the right to strike shall not lead to retaliation by the employer in terms of employee compensation or benefits…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

France: New Obligation on the Employer Seeking External Redeployment in the Case of Redundancies (or Economic Dismissals)

Before making an employee redundant, the employer must: - Seek internal redeployment within the company and the Group (if any) and offer to the employee any internal redeployment offer. Otherwise, the employee’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

Russian Joint Stock Companies Will be Required to Have a Professional Registrar Starting from October 2014

By October 2, 2014, all Russian joint stock companies (both open joint stock companies and closed joint stock companies) that maintain their own shareholder registers must transfer their registers to professional registrars…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

France: Courts Limit Claims for Constructive Dismissal

Constructive dismissal is, in effect, a resignation treated as a dismissal. The employee terminates the employment contract in response to an employer’s alleged breach and the Employment Tribunal then assesses the employer’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

France: What Should an Employer Do Where an Employee Seeks a Declaration of Constructive Dismissal without Resigning?

Under French law, there are various ways in which an employment contract may be terminated: resignation, dismissal, redundancy, amicable termination and so on. There is also a category of termination which is similar to a claim…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Drilling at depth – proposed changes to subterranean rights

The government’s consultation on underground drilling access for the extraction of gas, oil and geothermal energy came to an end on 15 August 2014. The consultation sought views on the government’s proposal to introduce new…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

France: A Court of Appeals Decision Provides Helpful Guidance Regarding an Employer’s Obligations When Consulting with Employee Representative Bodies

Before agreeing and executing a business sale involving a transfer of a business, an international publishing company (Wolters Kluwer) consulted its works council. The works council refused to deliver its opinion and issued…more
| Civil Remedies, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

England and Wales: Tribunal Fees...One Year On

What are they? Since 29 July 2013, a prospective claimant must pay a fee before they can issue a claim in the employment tribunal. The claimant must also pay a further (and much higher) fee at a second stage, usually…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

England and Wales: Upcoming Changes to UK Family-Friendly Rights

The next year brings some major changes to family-friendly rights in the UK. Shared system of parental leave and pay - The current position in the UK is that: Mothers are entitled to up to 52 weeks of…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Lease renewal proceedings and section 30(1)(c) Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

It is unusual for landlords to oppose a lease renewal under section 30(1)(c) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, but a recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the case of Horne & Meredith Properties v Cox and Billingsley has…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

CFTC Permits Additional Third-Party Recordkeepers for Registered CPOs

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO Staff) of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued exemptive relief on September 8, 2014 to permit a registered commodity pool operator (CPO) to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

England and Wales: Early Conciliation - What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

The new rules on early conciliation will be seen by some as another obstacle in the path of the poor put upon litigant employees and by others as a sensible way to encourage employers and employees to try to resolve disputes…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Labor & Employment Law

Construction Contract Payment Terms: Timing is Everything

In 2011 you will probably recall receiving a plethora of information about the amendments to the Construction Act (the “Act”) particularly the resulting “new” payment regime. There was a flurry of activity leading up to the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law

US and EU Impose Additional Sanctions on Russia

The United States and European Union implemented new sanctions against Russia on 12 September 2014 as a result of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. While the new US and EU measures share many similarities, companies subject to both…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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