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Italy introduces new health, safety and economic support measures to manage the coronavirus epidemic

Italy has put in place a range of new measures to contain the COVID-19 virus and provide economic support.  A Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers (DPCM) approved on 22 March 2020 saw the Italian government introduce further measures for the containment and management of the COVID-19 health emergency. These measures will apply nationwide. The government’s further intervention became necessary in view of the latest developments in the public health emergency, the very diffuse nature of the epidemic, and the...

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The employment law year in review: data privacy

Some very significant fines have already been imposed by the Data Protection Authorities (‘DPAs’) in some countries: a EUR 50 million fine on Google LLC in France, and proposed fines of GBP 99.2 million on Marriott and GBP 183.4 million on British Airways in the UK. Although these big fines do not relate to employment data, a major employee data breach could similarly lead to a significant penalty, and it remains critically important to train all staff who handle personal data to ensure compliance with the GDPR. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Brexit: what are the consequences for employers?

On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU following ratification of the withdrawal agreement. Now begins a transitional period, lasting until 31 December 2020, during which European Union law continues to apply. This period can be extended once for a maximum of one to two years, but the extension must be accepted by common agreement before 31 July 2020 and the British Government appears to have excluded this possibility for the moment. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Discrimination against part-time employees on duration of employment? The European Court gives its verdict

The European Court of Justice has ruled on whether the Part-Time Work Directive should be interpreted as precluding a national provision setting the maximum duration of a fixed-term employment relationship for part-time workers for a longer period than for full-time employees. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Neurodiversity, autism and the workplace

There has been growing interest in recent years in neurodiversity, which often refers to people with some form of autism spectrum disorder ('ASD' or 'autism' for short) or Asperger syndrome. It also covers other conditions such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and pathological demand avoidance, whereby the person’s brain functions in a different way from the dominant “normal” societal standards. Someone with one of these conditions is described as 'neurodivergent'. There is a spectrum: while people with such a condition have features in common, they will display behaviours to a differing degree. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Social media and the workplace: Legal considerations for employers

Social media is increasingly creating issues in workplaces around the world and blurring employees’ work and personal lives. On the one hand, its use allows employers to promote a positive image of their business and their brand to a vast audience. On the other hand, these benefits are balanced by the potential for employees to damage their employer’s brand and reputation extremely quickly. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Can employers dismiss employees for actions in their private lives?

A video in which employees of the French company ‘le Slip Français’ were shown behaving offensively at a private party raises questions about how and whether employers can discipline employees for actions taken in a private context. A scandal at the start of this year around a video made by employees of the company ‘le Slip Français’ raises interesting employment law questions. Let’s go back to the facts as described in the press: during a...

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