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EU Action to Tackle Work-Related Cancer

The European Parliament’s Employment Committee has voted in new EU rules to protect workers from carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace.
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Child Support

Upon separation of a couple there is an obligation on the non-resident parent to pay child maintenance or child support to the resident parent in relation to any children under the age of 16 years or under the age of 18 years if they are still in full-time education.  Beyond the age of 18, both parents still have an obligation to support their children financially if they are in full-time education and until the age of 25.  If a child resides with one parent for four or more nights per week, on average, then that parent will be treated as the resident parent for child maintenance purposes and the other parent will be regarded as the non-resident parent. 

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Right to Privacy at Work – Monitoring Employee Emails

Last year, in the case of Barbulescu v Romania the European Court of Human Rights found that the monitoring of an employee’s emails was justified where an employer was looking to verify if an employee was carrying out their professional tasks during working hours or using email for personal reasons. The decision was overturned this week by the Grand Chamber (the highest appeal court in human rights cases) following an appeal by Mr Barbulescu. This case highlights the importance of having robust employment policies in place to ensure that individual privacy rights aren’t breached.

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Employer’s Liability for Employee’s Wrongdoing

A recent story dominating the sports media’s headlines highlights the importance of employer’s continuing to ensure that they take adequate steps to limit the possibility of them being held liable for acts that may be carried out by an employee.

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