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21.09.2018
Freitag

UK/Ireland: Labour Court highlights risk of employees checking emails outside work

UK

An employee who regularly dealt with work email out of hours was awarded compensation in a recent decision of the Irish Labour Court. The case highlights employers’ duties relating to employee working hours and record keeping.    While the introduction of smartphones into our professional lives has meant the working day becoming increasingly flexible and fluid, the law on working time in Ireland has not caught up with the 24/7 work access that we now have. Ganzen Artikel lesen

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16.03.2018
Freitag
Ius Laboris United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin LLP

UK: Employment Law Review 2017

UK
The UK’s political landscape continues to be dominated by the shock 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union. Following a surprise General Election in June 2017, prime minister Theresa May unexpectedly lost her parliamentary majority amid deep divisions about how the UK should approach Brexit. Against that backdrop, the Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU began in 2017 and will continue into 2018. This has meant that, as with many other areas, employment policy reform has taken something of a backseat. Nevertheless, employment law in the UK continues to change at pace. Ganzen Artikel lesen

26.01.2018
Freitag

UK, France, Ukraine: Accidents In The Workplace

UK 2017
This article provides an overview of the international occupational health and safety regulatory frameworks and the employer’s duties and potential penalties that exist in Ukraine, the UK and France. It was first published in International HR Adviser in January 2018. Ganzen Artikel lesen

27.10.2017
Freitag

Europe: International data transfers – are model clauses now under threat?

UK 2017
Max Schrems, an Austrian law student successfully brought a case to the European Court of Justice in 2015 that resulted in the “safe harbour” – an agreement that allowed the transfer of EU citizens’ data to the US - being declared invalid. Since then, transfers outside the EU have largely been conducted based on previously approved ‘model clauses’. But Mr Schrems has now brought a case to the Irish High Court questioning the adequacy of those clauses and the Court has been given approval to ask the European Court of Justice whether transfers based on them are adequately protected. Ganzen Artikel lesen

01.09.2017
Freitag

Taylor-made solutions for UK employment law?

UK 2017
A major, independent review of UK employment law, commissioned by the prime minister in October 2016, has published its long awaited report - the “Review of Modern Working Practices”, chaired by Matthew Taylor. Media coverage has focused on its implications for the “gig economy”, but the recommendations – if carried forward into legislation – will have profound implications for all employers in the UK. This will particularly apply to organisations using contractors, zero-hours workers and agency workers, but also more broadly in areas such as sick leave and flexible working. Ganzen Artikel lesen

16.06.2017
Freitag

Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and USA: Dress code and appearance policies

Dresscode
Personal dress and appearance is a common way individuals express their personality, including their political and religious views. Unfortunately, the personal choices individuals make in attire, hairstyle and other personal appearance factors may collide with workplace rules, creating conflicts.  Ganzen Artikel lesen

21.04.2017
Freitag
Ius Laboris United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin LLP

#Brexit: What is likely to happen?

UK 2017
The UK triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017 giving two years’ notice to leave the EU. Negotiations will now start on the terms of exit. The EU has made it clear that only when sufficient progress has been made with these negotiations will it be prepared to start negotiations on the UK’s on-going relationship with the EU. It seems highly likely that these exit negotiations will include agreement that EU nationals currently resident in the UK, and UK nationals currently resident in the EU, will maintain the right to live and work in such location. Ganzen Artikel lesen

31.03.2017
Freitag
Ius Laboris United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin LLP

UK: New apprenticeship levy

UK: New apprenticeship levy
The UK Government has committed to boost productivity by increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. It aims to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 and introduce new apprenticeship standards. To help to fund this initiative, an apprenticeship levy will apply from 6 April 2017. Ganzen Artikel lesen

24.02.2017
Freitag
Ius Laboris United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin LLP

U.K.: Discrimination by dresscode?

Dresscode discrimination
Employers introduce dress or 'appearance' codes for various reasons, such as to protect health and safety or to portray a particular image. The new report, published jointly by the House of Commons Petitions Committee and the Equalities Committee, emphasises that employers should remain alert to potential discrimination (e.g. on grounds of sex, race, religion or age) that can be caused by some dress codes, as well as the health and safety issues that may be raised by requirements such as a rule that female employees must wear high heels. Ganzen Artikel lesen

03.02.2017
Freitag

Sexual harassment at work: Global concern with local solutions

Sexual harassment
A recent headline could put fear in the hearts of general counsel and HR professionals alike. A restaurant franchisee in Ohio shells out $ 1.4 million to settle a sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of multiple women. In that case, EEOC v. E. Columbus Host, LLC, the EEOC claimed a restaurant manager engaged in egregious sexual harassment of 12 female employees. His behavior was said to include pressuring workers as young as 17 for sexual favors, unwelcome touching of female workers, making humiliating remarks about women, and retaliating against female employees who complained. Ganzen Artikel lesen