Proskauer - International Labor Law

German Labor Court Allows Review of Employee’s Browsing History

European courts continue to clarify the right of employers to review their employees’ emails. As we discussed previously, the European Court of Human Rights and the National Labor Relations Board of the U.S. have recognized that…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Trade Secrets Directive

The protection afforded to trade secrets is disparate across the EU. In order to protect trade secrets as potential drivers for economic growth and jobs and to create a level-playing field within Europe, the European Parliament…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Further Insights: How the Recent Barbulescu Decision Impacts Employers in Europe and the United States

Last month, we blogged about the much discussed ECHR Barbulescu opinion. As a follow up, we wanted to provide further insights to multi-national employers about how this European decision compares to the position in the United…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade

Ontario’s Sexual Harassment Protections Passed

Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act was passed and received Royal Assent on March 8, 2016. The Act will go into effect in six months on September 8, 2016. The Act creates new duties for employers to prevent…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Termination for Offensive Social Media Posts May Be a “Reasonable Response” in the UK

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently considered two unfair dismissal cases in which an employer terminated an employee for inappropriately posting on personal Twitter or Facebook accounts. In both cases the EAT…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Germany Adopts EU’s Pension Directive, and May Place Burdens on Employers’ Use of Temporary Workers

Pension Law - On December 18, 2015, the German legislature approved a law that adopted the pension provisions of the EU Mobility Directive. The Directive was passed to enhance worker mobility between EU countries by…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Full Disclosure: An Overview of Global Supply Chain Regulations

You may have read our recent client alert on the UK Modern Slavery Act and Global Supply Chain Transparency, where we highlighted the extraterritorial safeguards against human trafficking and slavery as well as the corresponding…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

What Multinational Employers Need to Know about Ontario’s Proposed Sexual Harassment Protections

After adopting an action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment in March 2015, Ontario’s legislature is taking steps to pass an act that would create new duties for employers to prevent and investigate sexual harassment in…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

European Court of Human Rights Rules Employers Can Read Employees’ Emails

Last month, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”), in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania, issued a ruling about the rights of employers to monitor their employees’ online communications, including those via personal email…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Supply Chain Transparency

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is new legislation introduced in the UK with the intention of combatting slavery and human trafficking. Continuing the trend for legislation to have extra-territorial reach, as illustrated by the UK…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

What U.S. Multinational Employers Need to Know about Background Checks

Employers often run background checks on their applicants and employees in order to protect the workplace and to assemble a good and trustworthy workforce. For U.S.-based employers with operations overseas, the legal…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

How Safe? – The Future of the US-EU Safe Harbor

The US-EU Safe Harbor has been back in the news recently as Germany’s data protection commissioners met at the end of January and expressed impatience at the delay in implementing what many view as necessary reforms to the…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

India’s Sexual Harassment Law Invokes New Pitfalls for Employers

India recently enacted the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act) 2013, which protects all “aggrieved women” in the workplace from unlawful harassment. To be clear, the term…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Labor and Employment Updates from Around the World: Germany

As so often happens in the aftermath of an election, the new German Government has turned its attention to labor and employment law, and has already announced new and significant legislation. On top of this, there have been some…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Fifth Circuit Finds No Protected Activity under SOX, Mum on Extraterritoriality

In Villanueva v. United States Department of Labor, No. 12-60122, 2014 WL 550817 (5th Cir. Feb. 12, 2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the petitioner had not engaged in protected activity under Section 806 of…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade
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