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Is an 84-hour average working week lawful?

A recent decision of the European Free Trade Association Court, that an 84-hour working week is lawful, certainly catches the eye. This briefing look at the case, which comes after a string of decisions on the European Working Time Directive in which employers have been found to be in breach.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 January 2016 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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A review of Hong Kong law in 2015 and what's to come in 2016

This Linklaters briefing summarises some of the major developments in Hong Kong law last year, as well as expected developments in 2016, with links to further reading where available.

Law Firm: Linklaters | Published: 21 January 2016 | Practice Area: Corporate

Was an instruction not to speak Russian at work race discrimination?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently considered the case of Kelly v Covance Laboratories, in which a Russian national was told not to speak Russian at work. The employee claimed that this amounted to race discrimination and harassment. This Bond Dickinson briefing looks at the facts.

Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 21 January 2016 | Practice Area: Tribunals

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New investment protections in the ground-breaking Trans-Pacific Partnership

The recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership is a ground-breaking agreement, and the much anticipated investment protection provisions (Chapter 9) are likely to be of interest to clients with investments in the signatory countries. This briefing examines the provisions of Chapter 9.

Law Firm: Allen & Overy | Published: 11 January 2016 | Practice Area: Cross-border: Commercial and International Trade

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The EU Directive on cybersecurity and its impact for clients

On 18 December last year, the agreed text of the Network and Information Security Directive was released. With cybersecurity firmly established as a key business risk. This briefing provides an overview of the new legislation and assesses what impacts the directive will have on businesses.

Law Firm: Allen & Overy | Published: 07 January 2016 | Practice Area: Information Technology

Guidance on 'legal highs' in the workplace

Dealing with alcohol and drugs is tricky enough without the evolving issue of 'legal highs'. Their dangers were reported recently given the increase in prison inmates requiring treatment and there continues to be a general trend in their use. This briefing sets out some practical tips for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 January 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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Collective redundancies and consultation: when are the thresholds met?

The European Collective Redundancies Directive requires employers to consult with trade union representatives where redundancies are planned at one establishment. This Shoosmiths briefing looks at a recent European Court of Justice case which questioned the definition of 'redundancy'.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 December 2015 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

Top four potential changes to look out for in Australia's foreign bribery regime

Australia's foreign bribery regime may be set for a significant overhaul in 2016 and 2017. This DLA Piper briefing looks at the top four potential changes in detail.

Law Firm: DLA Piper | Published: 23 December 2015 | Practice Area: Financial Crime and Fraud

The 12 employment cases of 2015

Before 2015 is consigned to history and 2016 presents a new set of employment law challenges, it is timely to reflect on the year's significant cases. This Eversheds briefing identifies 12 cases which developed the law and potentially changed HR policies and practices.

Law Firm: Eversheds | Published: 23 December 2015 | Practice Area: Employment

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European Data Protection Regulation agreed at last

Trilogue discussions on the proposed Data Protection Regulation ended this week, and agreement on the new regulation is pretty much there. The text of the regulation is set to be released in the New Year, but in the meantime, this Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co briefing summarises the main headlines.

Law Firm: Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co | Published: 18 December 2015 | Practice Area: Data Protection and Privacy

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