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What Employers Need to Know about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation

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Proskauer has released a white paper on “What Employers Need to Know about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation.” As you may know, on April 14, 2016, the European Parliament approved the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will replace the EU’s current data privacy standard and begin to apply on May 25, 2018. This paper… Continue Reading

The Top Ten Things You Should Know About UK Employment Law

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What 2016 lacked in employment law changes, it made up with political surprises (Brexit) and sweeping data protection changes (the GDPR). Due to these dynamic changes and in anticipation of what lies ahead, our UK employment team published the Top Ten Things to Know About the UK Employment Law Landscape in 2017. In this briefing,… Continue Reading

UK Employment Tribunal Rules that Individuals Working in the “Gig Economy” are Entitled to Paid Leave

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An Employment Tribunal in the United Kingdom ruled that a bicycle courier for CitySprint, a delivery firm, was a worker rather than self-employed and therefore entitled to paid leave.  This is the most recent decision in a string of UK cases dealing with the “gig economy,” namely, repeated short-term work such as ride-sharing or courier… Continue Reading

UK Gender Pay Gap Reporting

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We wrote about the Draft Gender Pay Gap Regulations in the April 2016 edition of A Month in UK Employment Law. In December 2016, the UK Government published a revised version of these Regulations which are expected to come into force on 6 April 2017. As a reminder, the Regulations require private sector employers in… Continue Reading

UK Tribunal Allows Expatriate to Bring Claims in the UK

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In Jeffrey v. The British Council 2016, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) ruled that an employee who had an “exceptional degree of connection” with the United Kingdom could bring claims in the UK even though he had been working outside of the UK for over 20 years. This provides an important exception to the general… Continue Reading

Record fine handed to TalkTalk in data protection breach in the UK

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As previously reported on our Privacy Blog, TalkTalk, a major UK telecoms company, has been fined  a record breaking £400,000 for a data breach after they were hacked.  This fine, given by the ICO (the UK’s data protection authority), followed an in-depth investigation into an attack by hackers on TalkTalk’s systems where hackers obtained the details… Continue Reading

UK Tribunal Defines Some Limits on Employee Privacy Protections and Expands Anti-Discrimination Rights

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Employee’s Privacy Rights European courts continue to grapple with the limits on employee protections under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.  Article 8 protects a person’s right to respect for their private and family life, and our blog has actively tracked developments on the subject (to review prior rulings, see here, here,… Continue Reading

Termination for Offensive Social Media Posts May Be a “Reasonable Response” in the UK

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The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently considered two unfair dismissal cases in which an employer terminated an employee for inappropriately posting on personal Twitter or Facebook accounts. In both cases the EAT overturned the tribunal judge’s ruling for the employee; remanding one case for failure to apply the reasonable responses test and declaring the… Continue Reading

Full Disclosure: An Overview of Global Supply Chain Regulations

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You may have read our recent client alert on the UK Modern Slavery Act and Global Supply Chain Transparency, where we highlighted the extraterritorial safeguards against human trafficking and slavery as well as the corresponding implications for US-based employers. What you may not know, however, is that although the UK Modern Slavery Act is the… Continue Reading

UK Whistleblowing Protection Extended to Partners

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As originally published on Proskauer’s Whistleblower Defense blog, in the UK, whistleblowing law is based on a statute prohibiting a “worker” being dismissed or subjected to any other detriment because of having made a “protected disclosure”. Until recently, the general view was that the definition of “worker”, and therefore whistleblowing protection, did not extend to… Continue Reading

UK Employment Law – A Year In Perspective – Changes Past and on the Horizon

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2013 has been a significant year for UK employment law. In particular, an abundance of new legislation (both about substantive law and Employment Tribunal procedure) has heralded a number of important changes. This publication provides an overview of the most significant developments of 2013 and those on the horizon for 2014 and 2015.

Tips for Setting Employees’ Salaries and Benefits for Multinational Companies

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Setting the correct salary is never easy and is more an art than a science.  In the current economic climate the market fluctuates according to industry, geographical location, budgetary constraints and a whole host of other market forces.  To help keep you focused, here are 5 tips for setting salaries in France, the UK and… Continue Reading

ILG Blog Posting: Social Media Evolves

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Social media around the world continues to evolve and so does the International Labour Group at Proskauer.   For a second year in a row, Proskauer and its global partners have conducted a survey of multinational businesses to find out about how they are dealing with use of this new media in the workplace.  Our second… Continue Reading

Workplace bullying, mobbing and harassment – a global hot topic

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Around the world, the issue of bullying, mobbing and harassment at work is one which is attracting more and more attention, both in the media and through legal developments which are increasingly protective towards employees.  The growing worldwide prominence of this issue means it is more important than ever for multinational businesses to have global… Continue Reading

International workplace dispute practices: key concepts for today’s global employers

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Increasingly, companies with operations or employees in more than one country are exposed to the risk of court proceedings in a foreign jurisdiction and the unfamiliar practices and procedures arising out of overseas litigation. Naturally, a flurry of questions arises: Can we arbitrate? Must mediation be pursued? How long will the process take? Understanding the… Continue Reading

How to deal with personal data for multinational companies?

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For the first article of this blog, the Proskauer International Labor Group has decided to focus on this tricky question since we know that our friends and clients having an international presence face various issues when it comes to try to comply with all different local regulations about data privacy.

Mobile Executives and International Assignments: A Cross-Border Perspective

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SEMINAR – Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Program: Assigning employees overseas is an increasingly important consideration for international businesses. In our globalized world, there is a growing perception that geography cannot operate as a barrier to placing the right talent into the right job. Indeed, for many global businesses, spending time abroad and having first-hand experience of overseas… Continue Reading

Bullying, Harassment and Stress in the Workplace — A European Perspective

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SEMINAR – Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Program: Bullying, harassment and stress in the workplace is becoming increasingly prevalent. Employers must be ever-more vigilant to prevent unwanted conduct that damages morale, increases staff turnover and exposes businesses to liability. During this panel session we compared the U.S. and European positions, looking at: The legal framework in… Continue Reading

Social Networks in the Workplace Around the World – L’utilisation des réseaux sociaux sur le lieu de travail : perspectives internationales comparées

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SURVEY – July 2011 The business world continues to witness the ongoing and rapid proliferation in the use of social media at work. This, in turn, has left companies (as well as the courts) grappling to figure out how or whether rules regarding workplace confidentiality, loyalty, privacy and monitoring apply to these new forums. Proskauer’s… Continue Reading