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Three ways companies in France can meet their social responsibilities

French companies are increasingly expected to engage with wider social and environmental issues. This article highlights three key legislative developments in this direction. In 2019, companies are expected to engage with social, environmental and community issues, beyond simply developing their economic activity. To some degree, companies must contribute to improving society and to fighting against inequalities. Their purpose goes beyond the sole interest of shareholders.

Below are three concrete examples to illustrate this evolution. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Social Security Contributions vary in Eastern Europe

This article initially published on SHRM website on 12 November 2019 explains the differences in social security contributions in four eastern European countries.
Employers and employees make social security contributions at different rates across eastern Europe, presenting coordination challenges for multinationals. A previous article discussed social security contributions in the Americas. This article highlights contribution rates in eastern Europe. Ganzen Artikel lesen


UK – Something to be-leave in? Brexit as a philosophical belief

There are strong feelings on either side of the Brexit debate, with people passionately arguing for both leave and remain. What issues arise if a supporter brings their views into the workplace? Are there potential discrimination risks? Could ‘Brexit’, or an equally strong belief in ‘remain’, count as a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 (‘EqA’)? Ganzen Artikel lesen


Europe – European Court of Justice rules on the scope of the ‘right to be forgotten’ for search engines

Two recent European Court of Justice cases have given guidance on the scope of the ‘right to be forgotten’.
The European Court of Justice has published its rulings in two prominent cases addressing the scope of ‘the right to be forgotten’ under EU privacy laws. Both cases involved Google and the French National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (‘CNIL’). Ganzen Artikel lesen


Netherlands – Employee awarded damages for breach of the GDPR

The Netherlands Employee Insurance Agency has been ordered to pay EUR 250 damages to an employee whose personal health information was accidentally sent to her new employer.
On 2 September 2019, the Amsterdam District Court rendered an interesting ruling on compensation for damages after a violation of the GDPR by the UWV (the Employee Insurance Agency). It is one of the first judgments about a claim for damages as a result of violation of the GDPR in an employment law context and the court has taken the time to elaborate this carefully in the judgment. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Finland – New Working Hours Act brings changes to working hour arrangements

New rules on flexible working that will take effect in January 2020 will allow employees in Finland greater freedom over where and when they work. The new Working Hours Act will enter into force on 1 January 2020. The goal of this legislative reform is to modernise the regulation of working hours and in particular, to take into account the special features of expert work, increasingly common in today’s world. Ganzen Artikel lesen


European Court of Justice – A ‘Like’ button on your website? Then you are a joint data controller with Facebook!

Website operators who feature a ‘Like’ button have been ruled to be joint controllers for data protection purposes in a recent European Court of Justice judgement. In a judgment of 29 July 2019 (Fashion ID GmbH & Co, C-40/17) the European Court of Justice ruled that operators of a website that features a ‘Like’ button are controllers jointly with Facebook.  Ganzen Artikel lesen