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24 October 2018 Latest articles

Great Britain: Morrisons supermarket chain held liable for a data breach carried out by a disgruntled former employee

In a decision that has UK companies up in arms, on 22 October the UK’s High Court (court of appeal) and notably in a first, ruled that an employer, in this case the Morrisons supermarket chain, was vicariously liable for the data leak that was committed in 2014 by a disgruntled former employee, which saw the personal details of some 100,000 employees being made publicly available and that the supermarket will have to pay millions of pounds in compensation to the victims of the data breach. The nation’s fourth largest chain has already stated it will be challenging
10 October 2018 Latest articles

CSR: using blockchain technology to combat forced labor

Blockchain technology enables several sectors to access a single register that is decentralized, transparent, and by its construction, really tough to hack. In both the US and Europe, companies, NGOs, and public authorities are starting to conceive of ways to apply blockchain technology in the corporate CSR domain. A pilot project led by soft drinks producer Coca-Cola, the US State Department, and Blockchain experts (Blockchain Trust Accelerator, Bitfury Group et Emercoin) is seeking to deploy blockchain technology in the combat against forced labor occurring
18 September 2018 Latest articles

An ETUC study on what workers think about the impact of digital transformation

“The survey clearly shows that union organizations and workers representatives at company level are fully aware of the challenges arising from digitalization and they are demanding a say in how digital transformation processes are being developed and managed,” the ETUC concluded. Significant regional disparities however do currently exist.
07 September 2018 Latest articles

European social partners in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, rubber and plastics sector launch an online survey on workplace digital transformation

Aimed at the representatives of business leaders, trade unions and employees who are working on Digitalization, HR, and Health and Safety issues, this survey project should enable the European Social partners – the ECEG and IndustriALL Europe – to collect and analyse the perspectives of those working directly with digital transformation and its impact on the workplace.
31 August 2018 Latest articles

Italy: ‘Dignity decree law’ has been definitively adopted

On 09 August Italy’s parliament definitively ratified Prime Minister Conte’s government’s decree law that aims to curb precarious employment by rowing back on some of the Jobs Act’s key measures. The new text tightens regulations covering fixed term employment contracts and interim employment contracts, augments unfair dismissal compensation payments, and sanctions companies that outsource after having received state aid.
25 August 2018 Latest articles

Austria: the new ’12 hour’ law comes into force on 01 September 2018

Maximum working time in Austria’s economy will be 12 hours per day and 60 hours per week. Employee representation bodies did not really have an opportunity to voice their opinion, however employees will be able to refuse these new arrangements, albeit ‘at their peril, believes the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB).
21 June 2018 Latest articles

EU: Council reaches compromise on draft directive for employment contracts

The Council of the European Union has struck an agreement in principle over a proposed directive on “transparent and predictable working conditions”, which aims first and foremost to lay the ground for minimum protection of workers in new forms of employment. Exchanges between ministers indicated that there is unanimous support of the objectives of the draft directive, however an agreement was made easier by the fact that, under the compromise reached, member states would be able to set the scope of its application and decide which workers would benefit
11 June 2018 Latest articles

ILO: a step closer to an international convention on workplace violence and harassment

After two weeks of negotiations, which took place between 28 May and 8 June in Geneva, state representatives, employers and trade unions decided to continue discussions with a view to adopting a convention and a recommendation on the issue of harassment and violence in the workplace at the next International Labour Conference, in June next year.
23 April 2018 Latest articles

European Commission proposes law to strengthen whistleblower protection

The proposal aims to offer protection to whistleblowers who report breaches of European Union law. It obliges companies to implement safe channels for reporting regulatory breaches, illegal practices and other abuses, and will also protect whistleblowers against dismissal, demotion and other forms of retaliation.
15 March 2018 Latest articles

The European Commission makes proposals for a European Labor Authority

On 13 March, the Commission presented a legislative proposal detailing the tasks and resources for this new body that aims to develop worker, trainee and apprentice mobility, provide operational and technical support to national bodies in order to ensure mobility related rules are upheld, and provide a mediation service in cases of cross-border disputes, especially in situations of company restructuring. If the EU Parliament and the EU Member States support the proposal the new ELA could become operational in 2019.

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