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Workers on Camera and López Ribalda vs Spain. The ECHR Reviews its Case-Law on Hidden Video Cameras at Work

Last week the European Court of Human Rights delivered a Grand Chamber ruling on the protection of workers subject to video surveillance at work. The case raises an important issue in the field of industrial relations, but also in the protection of privacy at the workplace. The decision is even more relevant because the Grand Chamber overruled a prior chamber judgment in the same case and...

The European Labour Authority is Born

This week the European Labour Authority started its activities. After two years of negotiations, one of the main features of the European Pillar of Social Rights is now operational, with its headquarter in Bratislava and an array of tasks that makes of it a relevant piece in one of the EU’s most sensitive domains: labour mobility and protection of workers. The European Labour Authority is a...

Final Text of the Whistle-Blower Directive Approved by the Council

Early this week, the Council formally adopted the whistle-blowers protection. According to the Council’s press service, the  new rules will require the creation of safe channels for reporting both within an organisation – private or public – and to public authorities. It will also provide protection to whistle-blowers against retaliation, and require national authorities to...

EU Citizenship, Sufficient Resources and the New Stability in Citizenship Case-law

The right to free movement of persons is dependent on having sufficient resources. Workers have a right to free movement because they have a salary. Self-employed persons have free movement rights because they generate income. Job-seekers are looking for a job and are thus destined to be economically active. Tourists move for the purpose of receiving services in another Member State. Free...

What is a “lawyer” in EU courts and how “independent” should lawyers be?

We all think that we know what a lawyer is. At least we assume that we know. But you will realize how ignorant you are of this fact once you read AG Bobek’s Opinion in Uniwersytet Wrocławski (C-515/17 P and C-561/17 P). What is a lawyer? That is the question behind this critical case, now awaiting a ruling of the Grand Chamber of the General Court. The case is a landmark for practising...

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