Australia: Changes to the Fair Work Act
The Australian parliament has recently enacted the "Fair Work Amendment Bill". The changes which the amended legislation will bring about include alterations to the regime governing protected industrial action; to the rules on parental leave; and to the laws on "Greenfields" collective bargaining agreements.
Indonesia: First data privacy law
Indonesia's data protection regime is about to be transformed with a new Draft Bill on the Protection of Private Personal Data. The Ministry of Communications and Information has indicated that the Bill may become law as soon as mid-February 2016, although the exact date remains uncertain. If passed, this will become Indonesia’s first comprehensive law to specifically deal with the issue of data privacy and its significance is undoubted.
France: Update on the Macron and Rebsamen laws
Since the Macron and Rebsamen laws came into force in August 2015, relatively little progress has been made in terms of publication of implementing decrees. A decree has, however, now been published in relation to Sunday and evening working and significant progress has been made with a number of other decrees.
Spain: Employment contract clauses which require employees to give private email address and mobile phone number declared void
In September 2015, the Spanish Supreme Court issued a noteworthy ruling declaring void a clause in an employment contract which requires employees to give their private mobile number and/or private email address to their employer. According to the Court, while data protection legislation does not require companies to obtain employee consent in relation to any personal information required for the maintenance/fulfilment of the contract, this does not apply to private mobile telephone numbers/email addresses which are not needed to maintain the employment relationship.
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