In most jurisdictions, there is a binary distinction between “independent contractors” and “employees,” with employment rights only afforded to “employees.” In the UK, there is a third class—“worker” —who benefit from certain employment rights, including paid time off and a minimum wage. The case of Addison Lee Ltd. v. Lange and Others provides important guidelines … Continue Reading
As we move into 2019, it is worth checking in on the “right to disconnect,” a French employment right that now has been adopted or proposed in multiple other countries. Basis of the Right We live in a hyper-connected world, and more and more companies now provide laptops and cell phones with the expectation that … Continue Reading
With the holiday party season just around the corner, tragic events in the United Kingdom present a worst-case scenario for reveling workers and for employers who may find themselves held responsible. Bellman v. Northhampton Recruitment Ltd. extends the bounds of employer vicarious liability where an employee is injured at a company-related social event. But, the … Continue Reading
Last month, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”), in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania, issued a ruling about the rights of employers to monitor their employees’ online communications, including those via personal email and social media accounts. The decision has attracted considerable publicity. Many headlines have implied that it gives employers carte blanche … Continue Reading
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
WEBINAR – Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Issues Covered: Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and the rest of the new social networking media have revolutionized the ways employees communicate with each other, but have left employers struggling to figure out how or whether rules regarding workplace confidentiality, loyalty, privacy and monitoring apply to these new forums. For multinational employers, … Continue Reading
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