New US State law (Florida) addresses status of workers in ride-sharing industry
As ‘gig’ work (generally, freelancers working through on-line platforms, such as Uber and Lyft) continues to increase in popularity, US courts and regulatory agencies have struggled with how to fit this new ‘virtual’ workforce into a legal framework originally established to protect workers employed in a traditional brick and mortar environment. A primary point of contention has been whether these workers should be classified as employees or whether they are properly treated as independent contractors.
The double burden: Russia and the GDPR
The General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’) formally enters into effect on 25 May 2018. Although the GDPR will not have a direct effect on Russia, as a non-EU Member State, it will impact the operations of multinational businesses in Russia and Russian businesses abroad. Anastasia Petrova, Associate at Alrud, unpacks how the jurisdictional scope and legal requirements under both the GDPR and under Russian data protection legislation could result in obligations on international companies. The article was first published in Data Protection Leader magazine, June 2017.
Swedish midwife takes case to European Court of Human Rights
Having exhausted the legal routes in Sweden, a midwife who refused to carry out abortions for religious reasons has recently taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Neutrality Rejected! Religious Discrimination and the European Court of Justice
As published by Who’s Who Legal, Chris Engels, partner in our Belgian firm and Chairman of Ius Laboris, provides a perspective on religious discrimination and the implications of imposing neutrality rules within the workplace.
Mandatory social medical insurance in Kazakhstan: new employer obligations from 1 July 2017
Since the beginning of this year, Kazakhstan has been gradually introducing a social medical insurance system funded by the state, employers and individuals to support public health. The healthcare system in Kazakhstan has been developing since 2015 and this change enshrines in law the involvement of three parties - the state, employers and citizens - in public health. Previously, employers had no legal responsibility for healthcare and so this marks a significant change.