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Biometric Data in the Workplace Could Trigger Privacy Litigation Wave

by Jones Day on

The Situation: While biometric data (such as fingerprints, facial recognition technology, and iris scans) can be used effectively in the workplace, privacy advocates worry that anonymity could be undermined, and plaintiffs'...more

US Employers Hiring In Canada – The Basics Part I: Good Bye Employment At-Will; Hello Entitlements

by Fisher Phillips on

Fisher Phillips’ International Employment Practice Group routinely counsels employers that are planning to move into the Canadian employment market (or have done so already without the requisite due diligence). In these...more

Legal alert - Recent changes to the employment legislation

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Key amendments brought to the employment legislation on 16 November 2017: - Obligation to commence collective negotiations irrespective of the number of employees; - New rules regarding employee representation in the...more

US Department of State Releases December 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 remains current; “Dates for Filing” chart remains stagnant. The US Department of State has released its December 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 77, the Home for the Holidays Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, including: 1. The DOJ/SEC FCPA Guidance turned 5 years old this week. For the compliance practitioner,...more

Employees and sickness leave: limits to protection against dismissal / Salariés et incapacité de travail : limites la protection...

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Investigations of a private detective as a means of proof - As a result of the rules on the protection against dismissal, an employer may be prevented from dismissing an employee based on the submission of several sickness...more

Italy issues whistleblowing rules

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 15 November 2017, the Italian Parliament approved a law (the Law) which amends some current Italian law provisions in order to introduce the regulation of the whistleblowing in Italy. The Law will enter into force upon...more

The Uber Saga Continues – “Worker” Status in the Gig Economy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the Employment Tribunal’s (ET’s) finding that Uber drivers are “workers”. It rejected Uber’s argument that Uber is simply a technology platform acting as an...more

Anarchy In The UK: What Does November 10th Milestone Misclassification Ruling Mean For American Gig Economy Companies?

by Fisher Phillips on

While misclassification battles over the status of gig economy workers rage here in the United States, we are by no means the only country grappling with these thorny 21st-century legal issues. On Novemeber 10th, in fact, an...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

A Summary Of The Tax Cut And Jobs Act

On November 2nd, the House Ways and Means Committee released the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1). If passed, this initial pass at widespread tax reform would trigger the most sweeping changes to the U.S. tax...more

United Nations Continues its Development of a Treaty Imposing Liability on Companies for Human Rights Abuses

by Littler on

An ongoing debate exists regarding the nature and extent to which transnational companies should be held directly and legally liable for human rights impacts. Much of this debate has involved calls for additional regulation...more

Non-Competition Clauses Under Taiwan Law

by K&L Gates LLP on

It is a common practice for employers to impose non-competition obligations on employees both during and after termination of employment. The long standing issue is whether these obligations violate the right to work under...more

Pride and Prejudice: The Power of Apologies

by K&L Gates LLP on

The workplace is an environment where tempers can flare and conflicts arise between co-workers, employers and external parties. More often than not, a simple apology might defuse the tension and help bring the parties towards...more

Termination – The Bargaining Tool of Choice?

by K&L Gates LLP on

Employers are finding it harder to successfully negotiate changes to long term (and often expensive) benefits provided by enterprise agreements. In situations where economic circumstances dictate a need to reduce labour...more

Get Serious with Written Employment Contracts in China

by K&L Gates LLP on

For foreign investors, in addition to commercial opportunities, market entrance and policy environment, a significant aspect that drives their business success in China is human resources. Local employees of foreign-invested...more

Paris Embassy Announces Change to the Golden Arrow Program

The U.S. Embassy in Paris has announced a minor change to its Golden Arrow program, affecting French-owned companies that are incorporated in the United States. Effective immediately, French E visa applicants under the Golden...more

GDPR for pension schemes - a practical guide

by Hogan Lovells on

Data protection law is undergoing radical change that is impacting employers and trustees of pension schemes and all service providers to them. With effect from 25 May 2018 the European General Data Protection Regulation...more

Preparing a Performance Reference for an Employee – What is Expected of an Employer?

by K&L Gates LLP on

It is not uncommon for employers to require potential employees to provide references from their former employers. Indeed, such references may have a significant bearing on their chances of obtaining employment with a new...more

Renewal of Fixed Term Employment Contracts

by K&L Gates LLP on

It is well known that one of the reasons for the Japanese economy’s significant recovery after the Second World War is a unique life-long, full time employment system, where employees are employed by a business until they...more

House Tax Bill Would Fundamentally Change Executive Compensation and Employee Benefit Practices

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Bill”), which, if enacted, could dramatically impact certain aspects of executive compensation and employee benefit issues. The...more

The Impact of Ordinary Wage Determinations on an Employer's Labour Costs in Korea

by K&L Gates LLP on

Ordinary wages in Korea are made up of base salary and other compensation given to workers for the work they perform, which are given regularly, consistently and in a fixed manner. Calculation of ordinary wages in Korea is...more

Employment Law Commentary, October 2017, Volume 29, Issue 10

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

HOT TOPICS FOR MULTINATIONAL EMPLOYERS: PRIVACY IN THE WORKPLACE, THE EU GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION, AND BREXIT - Increasing digitalisation of the workplace means that many routine activities nowadays entail the...more

Federal Tax Reform: The House Tax Bill—Summary and Where Do We Go From Here?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

House Republicans released their tax bill—the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—last Thursday. Although its provisions are generally in line with the House Republican Blueprint for Tax Reform released in June 2016 by House Speaker Paul...more

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