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Russia: Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Contracts

(Dec. 9, 2015) On November 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation issued a ruling on resolving labor disputes involving athletes and sports team coaches. (Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Ruling No. 52 on the Application by Courts of Laws Regulating the Work of Sportsmen and Coaches (Nov. 24, 2015), Supreme Court […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Employment Contracts

(Aug. 20, 2015) On June 25, 2015, new legislation making substantial revisions to Italy’s labor code entered into effect. (Legislative Decree No. 81 of June 15, 2015, Organic Regulations of Employment Contracts and Revision of the Norms Concerning Labor, in Accordance with Article 1, Paragraph 7, of Law No. 183 of December 10, 2014 [L.D. […]

Germany: New Law Mandates Precedence of Majority Union’s Collective Agreement over Competing Collective Agreements

(June 2, 2015) On May 22, 2015, the German Bundestag (parliament) passed a draft law on collective bargaining agreement unity. (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Tarifeinheit (Tarifeinheitsgesetz) [Draft Act on Collective Bargaining Agreement Unity (Collective Agreement Unity Act)], DEUTSCHER BUNDESTAG: DRUCKSACHEN UND PROTOKOLLE [BT] 18/4062 (Feb. 20, 2015).) The controversial legislation passed with a vote of […]

Japan: Supreme Court Upholds Punishment for Sexual Harassment

(Mar. 2, 2015) On February 26, 2015, Japan’s Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Osaka High Court, which had itself reversed an Osaka District Court judgment approving suspension and demotion as punishments for two male managers who repeatedly verbally sexually harassed female employees. (2014 (Ju) No. 1310, S. Ct., 1st petite bench (Feb. 26, […]

European Court of Human Rights; France: Prohibition of Unionization of Military Personnel Condemned

(Oct. 24, 2014) In two related decisions, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found that France’s prohibition on military unionization violates the European Convention of Human Rights. (Matelly v. France, Eur. Ct. H.R. (Oct. 2, 2014), Application No. 10609/10, HUDOC; Adefdromil v. France, Eur. Ct. H.R. (Oct. 2, 2014), Application No. 32191/09, HUDOC.) […]

Egypt: Draft Law Regulating the Relationship Between Employees and Employers During Strikes

(Oct. 8, 2014) On October 4, 2014, representatives of Egypt’s Ministry of Labor held a number of meetings with representatives of labor unions across the nation to discuss a draft law regulating workers’ strikes. According to a statement issued by the Ministry to the local press, both the Ministry’s representatives and the labor unions agreed […]