Tracking service vehicles in Luxembourg: data privacy pointers for employers

The Luxembourg data protection authority, the CNPD, recently fined an employer for failing to comply with the GDPR in its use of geolocation devices when tracking service vehicles. The decision highlights some key learning points for employers. On 8 April 2021, the Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) imposed a fine of EUR 2,800 on an employer whose use of geolocation devices violated the…

Employee representation in France now extends to environmental issues

French employee representative bodies, Social and Economic Committees, have a new role scrutinising the environmental implication of employers’ projects. The Social and Economic Committee (CSE) is the employee representation body in France, composed of elected staff members (elections take place every four years in principle), in companies with at least 11 employees. The Committee’s prerogatives are much greater in companies with at least 50 employees:…

When can menopause be the basis for a UK Employment Tribunal claim?

What types of legal claim may employees with menopause symptoms be able to pursue in the UK, and how can employers foster a supportive culture to reduce that risk? With World Menopause Day approaching on 18 October 2021 and growing media interest in the topic, it is perhaps unsurprising that Employment Tribunal (ET) claims are increasingly citing issues concerning menopause. According to data from the Menopause…

US COVID-19 Action Plan includes mandatory vaccinations or weekly testing

On 9 September 2021, President Biden announced a US COVID-19 Action Plan comprised of six main components. This article focuses on the ‘Vaccinating the Unvaccinated’ component and its impact on employers. According to President Biden, almost 80 million Americans who are eligible to be vaccinated have not received their first shot. He has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop a rule…

A guide to labour litigation in Russia

This guide provides nine practical tips to prepare employers for employment-related litigation in Russia. A peculiarity of labour disputes in Russia is that they seldom start with great financial demands from employees. They are more about the status of the organisation, its reputation and similar issues. However, practice shows that given the length and formality of litigation, financial claims, originally insignificant, can turn into fairly…

Paternity leave extended in France: the new rules

From 1 July 2021 the rules for paternity leave in France have changed: new fathers are now entitled to 25 days’ leave. After the birth of a child, the employed father and, if applicable, the mother’s employed spouse or partner or the employee linked to her by a PACS (civil partnership) agreement are entitled to 25 calendar days’ paternity and childcare leave or 32 calendar…

New Zealand lockdown August 2021: what do you need to know?

The New Zealand Government has announced that New Zealand will move into an Alert Level 4 Lockdown in response to a recent instance of community transmission of the Delta variant of COVID-19. On Tuesday 17 August 2021, New Zealand’s first case of COVID-19 community transmission in six months and first community transmission of the Delta variant was confirmed. As a result, the Government announced that…

What is a 'casual' employee? The Australian High Court clears the air

In a keenly awaited judgement, the Australian High Court has ruled that a ‘casual’ employee is one who does not have a firm commitment to ongoing work, and that this will be assessed by reference to the terms of the employee’s contract. The High Court has now handed down its much-anticipated decision in the Rossato case. It has determined that the mine worker who brought the case…

UK launches national disability strategy

The UK government has published its promised national disability strategy setting out various steps it will take to remove barriers faced by disabled people in their lives. This article looks at the main work-related measures. The background In the latest Family Resources Survey  (2019/20), over 14 million people in the UK (one in five) reported a disability, which was an increase of 2.7 million since 2009 to…

Coronavirus survey: how are UK employers responding to ‘Freedom Day’?

Ius Laboris UK firm Lewis Silkin have surveyed employers on how they are responding to the lifting of lockdown restrictions: many are maintaining a cautious approach. This was a pulse survey carried out between 19 and 21 July involving 59 HR leaders and in-house counsel in a cross-section of businesses collectively employing over 400,000 employees. The survey confirms that employers are taking a cautious approach…