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Employment & Immigration

16 September 2020
Jakob Widner Supreme Court rules on compensation for illegal GPS tracking

Austria - Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwalte GmbH

The Supreme Court recently ruled for the first time on the issue of whether GPS tracking without an employee's consent warrants compensation for immaterial damage. Employers that use GPS tracking systems or similar control measures to monitor their staff should ensure that they agree the system's introduction with the works council or have each affected employee expressly consent to such a measure if no works council has been elected.

Author: Jakob Widner
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Ole Kristian Olsby COVID-19: proposal to extend lay-off period to 52 weeks

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has proposed to extend the temporary lay-off period to 52 weeks from 1 November 2020. The extension will help the business community financially during an uncertain time. This implies that, among other things, the period in which temporarily laid-off employees may be entitled to unemployment benefits will be extended from 26 weeks to 52 weeks.

Author: Ole Kristian Olsby
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Beril Yayla Sapan Termination prohibition, unilateral unpaid leave and short-time working allowance extended again

Turkey - Gün + Partners

Shortly after the publication of Law 7252 in the Official Gazette, several presidential decrees were published, extending the termination prohibition, unilateral unpaid leave and the short-time working allowance. Following these developments, employers are prohibited from terminating employment contracts until 17 November 2020 and can impose unpaid leave without employee consent until 17 November 2020.

Authors: Beril Yayla Sapan, Asena Aytuğ Keser, Melis Sılacı Korkmaz
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Luke Tapp Paid parental leave rights introduced

United Arab Emirates - Pinsent Masons

Following a change in the law, employees of businesses which operate in the United Arab Emirates are now entitled to five working days' paid parental leave in the six months following the birth of their children. The new law will support families in achieving a better balance at home, which will in turn assist companies in achieving a better level of equality in the workplace. Therefore, it is a win for families, working parents and companies.

Author: Luke Tapp
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Lucy Lewis Positive action speaks louder than words – five principles for employers

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

This article explores the legal limits of positive action in the workplace, including situations where it is permissible to give preference on gender or ethnicity grounds to make up for a historic lack of opportunity and what employers can and cannot do to improve diversity in their shortlists or hiring slates.

Authors: Lucy Lewis, Gemma Taylor
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Andrew Osborne Innovator visa: everything you need to know

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

This article outlines everything that applicants should know regarding the Innovator visa, including with regard to the purpose and length of stay, endorsing bodies, endorsement criteria and genuineness and other considerations. The innovator route is open to applicants who are experienced businesspeople looking to establish a business in the United Kingdom and are the founders of their business, relying on their own business plans, among other things.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar
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Recent updates

Ole Kristian Olsby COVID-19: change to period in which employers have payroll obligation when temporarily laying off employees

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

Author: Ole Kristian Olsby
Søren Terp Kristophersen Access to work emails: can a request to access data be too extensive?

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

Author: Søren Terp Kristophersen
Audrey Whyte Increase in parental leave entitlements

Ireland - Lewis Silkin

Author: Audrey Whyte
James Davies Algorithms and employment law: do they reduce or embed bias?

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Author: James Davies
Luke Tapp Employment disputes in Dubai and the DIFC courts

United Arab Emirates - Pinsent Masons

Authors: Luke Tapp, Michael Chattle
Agnieszka Fedor Changes on the horizon regarding posting of employees and mobbing

Poland - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

Authors: Agnieszka Fedor, Aneta Brzózka
Ron Holland Off-duty conduct: COVID-19 and social media ranting – what's an employer to do?

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

Authors: Ron Holland, Michael J Sheehan, Brian Mead
Ignacio Garcia Return to work and workplace safety measures amid COVID-19 outbreak

Chile - Porzio Ríos García

Authors: Ignacio Garcia, Camila Quiroz