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15 March 2021
Uber ordered to share with two UK drivers the data used as basis for blocking their accounts
On 11 March, the district court in Amsterdam – where Uber’s European headquarters is based – ruled that the tech giant must provide two British complainants, in the two months following its decision, with access to the data it used as a basis for blocking them from the mobile application. According to the court, the move to block the drivers from the app was insufficiently transparent and the drivers concerned had not been able to verify the accuracy and lawfulness of the processing of their personal data....
11 March 2021
EU: MEPs advance on a future EU Directive on human rights related corporate due diligence
On 10 March the European Parliament adopted its draft report containing recommendations to the European Commission on corporate due diligence and accountabilit. The text marginally modifies the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs’s initial version published in January 2021, and, in spite of opposition pressure, has chosen to maintain stock market listed and high-risk SMEs within its scope (for our report on its adoption c.f. article No.12339). This latest report should inform the legislative proposal...
10 March 2021
EU: a stand-by period is only considered working time in its entirety if during it the employer significantly constrains the worker’s ability to manage his/her free time
On 09 March the CJEU handed down two rulings affirming that a period of stand-by duty can constitute working time in its entirety only when the constraints imposed on the worker very significantly affect his or her ability to manage his or her free time during that period. These constraints however must result from the employer’s instructions and the Luxembourg judges have...
4 March 2021
EU: EU Commission proposes a directive to end the gender pay gap
On 04 March, the European Commission presented the text of a draft Directive imposing transparency obligations on public and private sector companies in order to ensure their compliance with the founding principle of the right to equal pay for ‘equal work or work of equal value’. New obligations are being directed to all companies, especially at the time of hiring, alongside an obligation to provide salary information upon employees’ requests and for those companies with at least 250 workers to publish...
4 March 2021
EU: EU Commission proposes new social objectives for 2030
On 04 March 2021 the European Commission presented its contribution to the Porto Social Summit (scheduled for 07 May 2021), which will gather together the EU Heads of State or Government, EU institutions, social partners and other key stakeholders. In particular, the EU Commission is suggesting that the EU-27 should set new targets in terms of employment, training, and social inclusion. The Communication document that has been adopted also announces initiatives to implement the EU social rights pillar, i.e. the 20...
26 February 2021
EU: trade unions and NGOs lobby to ensure European subsidies to agricultural firms help improve working conditions for workers in the sector
How could a common EU policy, which represents a third of the European budget, ignore the plight of workers to such an extent? That is the question posed by 300 signatories – including unions, NGOs, high-profile individuals and academics – in an open letter addressed to key institutional players: European Commissioners, EU Parliament negotiating MEPs, and national agriculture...
25 February 2021
EU: neutral dress code policies in the workplace should be able to distinguish between ‘discreet’ and ‘conspicuous’ religious signs (conclusions of the Advocate General of the CJEU)
The Court of justice of the European Union (CJEU) has previously ruled on the ban on wearing religious signs in the workplace and on its consistency with discrimination related legislation (c.f. article No. 10112). Now the Court is set to rule on whether a company’s neutral dress code policy can distinguish between ‘discreet’ and ‘conspicuous’ items. According to conclusions...
24 February 2021
EU: European Commission launches its first phase consultation of social partners on platform workers
On 24 February and as part of its considerations on how best to improve working conditions for platform workers, the European Commission launched its first phase consultation of the European social partners as a way to inform the direction of the debate. The document identifies both the challenges and problems with platform working as well as possible solutions at European level. Failing a decision by the social partners to enter into negotiations, the European Commission is expected to publish a second...
17 February 2021
Italy: Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s policy statement to Parliament outlines a wide-ranging program for a ‘new Reconstruction’
Mario Draghi, Italy’s newly sworn in Prime Minister and head of a ‘unity government’ that ranges from the left to the extreme right, is committed to “fighting the pandemic and to fighting the economic crisis.” His policy statement, read out on 17 February in the Senate, shows a willingness to face not only the emergency situation, but also the major issues of the time, namely future generations, ecological transition, digitalization, and gender parity. Aware of the concerns raised by the inclusion of...
28 January 2021
EU: EU Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs adopted its resolution on multinational enterprise due diligence
On 27 January 2021, the EU Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs members adopted a draft resolution that intends to serve as a basis from which the European Commission can draw as it works on the subject of due diligence. The text, which will most likely be put to a plenary session vote in early March (perhaps 08 March), introduces a number of requirements, a liability regime and sanctions for infringements for a wide range of companies, and it also calls for better traceability along the value chain.