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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Austrian Companies Need to Know

What constitutes sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a behavior towards another human being where the abuser harms the dignity of the victim and creates an intimidating, hostile or humiliating working environment. The victim feels shock, horror, fear, revulsion, indignation, anger or shame. Sexual harassment can appear in all forms of verbal abuse, as well as physical actions. Whereas physical actions are always forbidden, verbal or also nonverbal abuses are not punished if they don’t happen at the workplace. Ordering someone to harass someone is a form of sexual harassment as well as discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation or sex in general.

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New in procedure of introducing drugs into commercial turnover

On November 28, 2018 the Federal law of November 28, 2018 No. 449-FZ “On amendments being made to separate legal acts regarding introduction of drugs into commercial turnover” (the “Law”) was published on the official web portal of legal information. The main changes introduced by the Law are as follows:

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Pravo.ru–300 Rating Confirms Lidings’ Leading Position Among Best Legal Advisors in Russia

Lidings once again takes leading positions in the rating of the legal advisors in Russia based on the analytical research by the Pravo.ru-300 annually reflecting on the latest tendencies in the country’s legal market, highlighting the key players’ achievements based on their practical expertise and financial performance.

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Aanbestedingsrecht en de opdracht, hoe zit het ook al weer?

De opdracht

Binnen het aanbestedingsrecht zijn er veel aspecten die interessant zijn om juridisch te beschouwen. De vraag of en hoe een aanbestedende dienst een opdracht moet aanbesteden, begint echter bij de vraag of de betreffende ‘opdracht’ wel kwalificeert als een aanbestedingsplichtige opdracht.

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Will Brexit affect the validity of a contractual English law clause?

The national law, which governs a commercial contract and will be applied in the event that parties end up in a dispute over their obligations, is currently determined under the rules of the Regulation (EC) No 593/2008. Known as the Rome I Regulation, its rules stipulate that the courts of all EU member states will recognise and enforce whatever the commercial parties have agreed in respect of applicable laws. It is not uncommon that contract litigation pending in an English court will be decided in line with the rules of foreign laws, if that is what the parties have agreed. Most international trade contracts will contain a series of clauses. Will the existing options be affected by Brexit, and how will Brexit impact on future contracts?

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Tier 1 (Investor) visa suspended for ‘new’ applicants from midnight tonight

In a shocking move the Home Office have announced, without prior consultation or notice, that the Tier 1 (Investor) visa route will be suspended from midnight tonight until further notice, providing less than 24 hours’ notice of their plans. There was initial confusion as to whether the suspension took effect from tonight or Friday night, but it has since been indicated that no applications will be accepted after midnight today.

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High Court blocks £1-3bn data protection claims against Google

In a recent decision relating to the violation of consumer data privacy, the Court has set out helpful guidance regarding claims brought under the Data Protection Act 1998, as well as in respect of the conditions which must be satisfied for a representative action for breach of data privacy to be brought (Lloyd v.Google LLC [2018] EWHC (QB) 2599).

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Transferring Data to the UK Post-Brexit

GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 took effect in all European member states, from 25th May 2018. The regulation brings with it a new and enhanced focus on protecting privacy rights, ensuring an equivalent standard of protection is maintained in all EU member states.

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Brexit – a legal quagmire?

Brexit is, of course, primarily a political process. But that process takes place within a legal framework and, in that particular arena, it must be said that the Government’s record has been less than impressive.

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De verhuurdersvergunning in Groningen

Vanaf 1 januari 2019 wordt in gemeente Groningen het vergunningstelsel voor kamerverhuur, verhuur van kleine appartementen en verhuur via bemiddelingsbedrijven van kracht. Hiervoor wordt de Algemene Plaatselijke Verordening Groningen 2009 (APVG) gewijzigd, waartoe de gemeenteraad op 26 september 2018 unaniem heeft besloten. Een primeur in Nederland. Een slimme zet of een stap te ver?

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