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Employment & Benefits

December 06 2017
Jakob Widner Blue-collar and white-collar employees – sweetening the deal

Austria - Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

In its final session before the general election, Parliament passed a bill which serves as a first step in harmonising the different legal regimes covering blue-collar and white-collar employees. However, not everyone is happy with this half-hearted harmonisation project – most notably, employer organisations – as they believe that the extended notice period for blue-collar workers will cost employers dearly.

Author: Jakob Widner
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John DR Craig Win for employers: Supreme Court rejects union's request for right to consultation in accommodation process

Canada - Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

The Supreme Court recently dismissed an application from the Telecommunications Workers' Union for leave to appeal the decision that unions have no independent legal right, separate and apart from their collective agreement rights, to be involved in every unionised employee's accommodation request. The decision is a victory for employers, employee privacy and the accommodation process.

Authors: John DR Craig, Matthew Larsen
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Christiana Michael Recent changes to employment law – an overview

Cyprus - George Z Georgiou & Associates LLC

A number of new employment-related laws have been adopted in 2017, including the long-awaited Protection of Paternity Law and the Protection of Maternity (Amendment) Law, which introduced the concept of surrogacy. Amendments to existing laws regarding redundancy and smoking in the workplace have also been made.

Author: Christiana Michael
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Sean Dempsey Uber's worker status appeal rejected

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently upheld the Employment Tribunal decision that drivers engaged by Uber are workers rather than independent contractors. The decision has been eagerly awaited by human resource and employment practitioners seeking guidance on how to apply the test for worker status properly in the context of gig economy businesses. However, the judgment is highly fact-specific and other cases concerning gig economy businesses may not be decided in the same way.

Authors: Sean Dempsey, Bethan Carney
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