We have summarised three of the most notable employment related updates for you to mull over while enjoying the summer sun.
European case opens the door for easier indirect discrimination claims to be brought by...more
Everyone has a brand. Through every interaction and impression we leave in the minds of others, each of us builds on our own personal brand. In the Internet age, and particularly with the advent of social media, our...more
The English High Court has declared that UK legislation which expanded government powers to require communication providers to retain communication traffic data is incompatible with human rights, and is unlawful.
On 13 May 2014 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment which Google called a “landmark ruling” (Google v. Costeja Gonzalez case, C-131/12). The court held, based on the 95/46 Directive on...more
An employee’s entitlement to holiday, and the pay he or she receives while taking holiday, has been a hot topic in the courts over the past few years.
In the case of Plumb v Duncan Print Group Ltd, the Employment Appeal...more
EU: The end of roaming charges and the emergence of net neutrality - The European Commission has secured an agreement with the European Parliament and the Council to end roaming charges and to introduce the...more
In the case of CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has extended the concept of indirect discrimination to cover those who do not have a protected characteristic, but who are associated with such...more
The application of competition law to standard essential patents (SEPs) has been the subject of significant debate. The latest instalment was provided by the Court of Justice on 16 July 2015 with its much-anticipated...more
News websites can now be held responsible for the content of user-generated comments, under a landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (the ECHR)....more
Decision allows Commission to consider sales of products incorporating cartelized goods when calculating cartel fines for a vertically integrated group selling the “transformed product” in Europe.
On 9 July 2015, the...more
In a judgment handed down on 16 June 2015, in the first ever preliminary reference made from Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht), in Peter Gauweiler and Others v Deutscher Bundestag (Case...more
Commission’s dawn raids of Deutsche Bahn’s premises were illegal because improperly discovered documents triggered the action.
On 18 June 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) partly allowed...more
A brief rundown of developments in recent weeks in the area of EU data protection law: -
EU Data Protection Regulation -
On Monday, June 15, the EU Council (comprised, for purposes of data protection reform, of...more
A major change in Polish labor law is imminent. In essence, Parliament is seeking to eliminate some differences in protection enjoyed by employees on indefinite term contracts and those working on fixed term contracts....more
Compared to other countries, Germany lags behind when it comes to free Wi-Fi spots. A recent study conducted by the Association of the German Internet Industry has shown that of around one million public hotspots in Germany...more
In the case of Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras –v – Tyco, the Advocate General has held that, where an employee has no fixed or habitual place of work, time spent travelling from home to the...more
On 21 May 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed that cartel victims may jointly sue cartelists for damages in an EU Member State where only one of the cartelists is domiciled. This rule applies even if the...more
Information wants to be (not quite) free. In its early years, the Internet was often seen as a vehicle for democratizing data, taking information that was previously accessible only to a select few and making it available to...more
A recent leaked draft proposal reveals the position of the E.U. Council as regards to the fines system that will come into force under the proposed new General Data Protection Regulation in the E.U. member states. The huge...more
What happened? Under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (the "Act"), if an employer proposes to make large scale redundancies of 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days...more
Court clarifies the threshold for triggering collective consultation obligations.
On 30 April, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its decision on whether the UK Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) was right to...more
One focus of the European Union’s Digital Agenda is to break down barriers to cross-border exploitation of intellectual property rights. Consistent with this goal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently dismantled...more
Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued its judgment, finally rejecting the "Spanish Challenge" to the Unitary Patent system (part of the Unified Patent Package, which includes the Unitary Patent Regulation,...more
The French Supreme Court provides guidance to employers in France on how to deal with employees who wear religious symbols in the workplace....more
Most recently, the Federal Court of Justice of Germany (Bundesgerichtshof) decided in three cases in favour for tenants of housing space regarding cosmetic repairs and strengthens once again their rights. The decision might...more
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