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ECJ 11 June 2020, case C-114/19 P (Di Bernardo), Miscellaneous

European Commission – v – Danilo Di Bernardo, EU Case

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 2 2020
Keywords Miscellaneous
Abstract

    EC infringed its obligations to state reasons for not including an applicant on the reserve list for an open competition position.

Rulings

ECJ 26 March 2020, joined cases C-542/18 RX-II and C-543/18 RX-II (Réexamen Simpson – v – Council), Miscellaneous

Erik Simpson – v – Council of the European Union (C-542/18 RX-II); HG – v – European Commission (C-543/18 RX-II), EU cases

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 2 2020
Keywords Miscellaneous
Abstract

    Internal EU staff cases. Earlier judgments implying that panel of judges had been irregular affect the unity and consistency of EU law.

Rulings

ECJ 7 May 2020, case C-96/19 (Bezirkhauptmannschaft Tulln), Working Time, Miscellaneous

VO – v – Bezirkshauptmannschaft Tulln, Austrian case

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 2 2020
Keywords Working Time, Miscellaneous
Abstract

    A Member State can require a driver of a vehicle with a digital tachograph, if both automatic and manual entry are lacking, to present a statement which his employer has drawn up according to the form annexed to Decision 2009/959/EU on a form concerning social legislation relating to road transport activities.

Pending Cases

Case C-63/20 P, Miscellaneous

Sigrid Dickmanns – v – European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), appeal against judgment of the General Court (Eighth Chamber) of 18 November 2019 in Case T-181/19 Sigrid Dickmanns v European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 2 2020
Keywords Miscellaneous

    The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by one of the UK’s major supermarket chains, overturning a finding that it was vicariously liable for a rogue employee’s deliberate disclosure of payroll data related to some 100,000 co-workers, of whom 10,000 brought a group claim for damages.


Richard Lister
Richard Lister is a Managing Practice Development Lawyer at Lewis Silkin LLP.
Pending Cases

Case C-54/20 P, Miscellaneous

European Commission – v – Stefano Missir Mamachi di Lusignano and Others, appeal against judgment of the General Court (Eighth Chamber) of 20 November 2019 in Case T-502/16, Stefano Missir Mamachi di Lusignano and Others v Commission

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 2 2020
Keywords Miscellaneous
Rulings

ECJ 4 June 2020, case C-828/18 (Trendsetteuse), Miscellaneous

Trendsetteuse SARL – v – DCA SARL, French case

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 2 2020
Keywords Miscellaneous
Abstract

    A person does not necessarily need to have the power to change prices of goods which he sells as an agent for his principal, to be classified as commercial agent within the meaning of Article 1(2) of Directive 86/653/EEC.

Rulings

ECJ 8 September 2020, case C-119/19 P (Carreras Sequeros), Paid Leave, Miscellaneous

European Commission – v – Francisco Carreras Sequeros and Others, EU Case

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 3 2020
Keywords Paid Leave
Abstract

    Article 31(2) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights only applies to the minimum four weeks of annual leave.

Case Reports

2020/34 Challenge to validity of Workplace Relations Act 2015 unsuccessful (IR)

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 3 2020
Keywords Unfair Dismissal, Fair Trial, Miscellaneous
Authors Orla O’Leary
AbstractAuthor's information

    A recent challenge to the constitutionality of the Irish Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has failed. The applicant in the case at hand argued that the WRC was unconstitutional for two reasons: (a) that the WRC carries out the administration of justice in breach of the general constitutional rule that only the courts may administer justice; and (b) several of the statutory procedures of the WRC were so deficient that they failed to vindicate the applicant’s personal constitutional rights. The High Court of Ireland dismissed both arguments.


Orla O’Leary
Orla O’Leary is a Senior Associate at Mason Hayes & Curran.
Rulings

ECJ 9 July 2020, Case C-70/19 P (Commission – v – HM), Miscellaneous

European Commission – v – HM, EU Case

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 3 2020
Keywords Miscellaneous
Abstract

    Internal EC case. An English translation is not available yet. The relevant case information and available translations are available here.

Pending Cases

Case C-220/20, Miscellaneous

XX – v – OO, reference lodged by the Ufficio del Giudice di Pace di Lanciano (Italy) on 28 May 2020

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 3 2020
Keywords Miscellaneous

    The recent spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how economic vulnerability varies considerably across European Member States (MSs), and so does social protection in the European Union (EU). The social and economic consequences of the pandemic have impacted asymmetrically national labour markets and exacerbated existing disparities and contradictions. A measure that most governments have introduced in the immediate aftermath has been that of making financial support available to those self-employed workers who lost fully or in part their income. Most MSs have employed quantitative thresholds to identify those self-employed more in need of public subsidies and have proportioned them according to the pre-pandemic levels of income, on the condition that they have been officially recorded as taxable revenues.
    Despite their heterogeneity, we can reasonably affirm that the self-employed have been one of the most exposed clusters of the labour market to in-work poverty and economic uncertainty, which proved to be particularly problematic in periods of unforeseeable crisis, such as that of 2008 and even more so that of 2020. This article explores the range of EU-level measures designed for the self-employed and questions their potential impact on MSs’ legislation.


Luca Ratti
Luca Ratti is a professor at the University of Luxembourg.
Pending Cases

Case C-202/20 P, Miscellaneous

Claudio Necci – v – European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, appeal against judgment of the General Court (Fourth Chamber) of 25 March 2020 in Case T-129/19, Necci – v – Commission

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 3 2020
Keywords Miscellaneous
Title

Parliamentary Follow-up of Law Commission Bills

An Irish Perspective

Journal European Journal of Law Reform, Issue 2 2020
Keywords law reform, legislation, Ireland, drafting, parliament
Authors Ciarán Burke
AbstractAuthor's information

    This article seeks to present a brief outline of the various means through which the draft bills and recommendations drafted by the Law Reform Commission of Ireland and published in its reports are followed up by the Irish Parliament, the Oireachtas. The Commission’s position within the Irish legislative architecture is explained, as is the process through which bills become laws in Ireland. The Commission, it is noted, occupies an unusual role. Although there is no requirement for its publications to result in legislation, ultimately the lion’s share of its output is followed up on in the legislative process in one form or another, with its publications attracting the attention of both the government and opposition parties. The challenges and advantages presented by operating within a small jurisdiction are also outlined, while some thoughts are offered on the Commission’s future.


Ciarán Burke
Professor of International Law, Friedrich Schiller Universität, Jena, and former Director of Research at the Law Reform Commission of Ireland. The author would like to thank Alexandra Molitorisovà for her help in preparing this article.
Article

Access_open Characteristics of Young Adults Sentenced with Juvenile Sanctions in the Netherlands

Journal Erasmus Law Review, Issue 1 2020
Keywords young adult offenders, juvenile sanctions for young adults, juvenile criminal law, psychosocial immaturity
Authors Lise Prop, André van der Laan, Charlotte Barendregt e.a.
AbstractAuthor's information

    Since 1 April 2014, young adults aged 18 up to and including 22 years can be sentenced with juvenile sanctions in the Netherlands. This legislation is referred to as ‘adolescent criminal law’ (ACL). An important reason for the special treatment of young adults is their over-representation in crime. The underlying idea of ACL is that some young adult offenders are less mature than others. These young adults may benefit more from pedagogically oriented juvenile sanctions than from the deterrent focus of adult sanctions. Little is known, however, about the characteristics of the young adults sentenced with juvenile sanctions since the implementation of ACL. The aim of this study is to gain insight into the demographic, criminogenic and criminal case characteristics of young adult offenders sentenced with juvenile sanctions in the first year after the implementation of ACL. A cross-sectional study was conducted using a juvenile sanction group and an adult sanction group. Data on 583 criminal cases of young adults, sanctioned from 1 April 2014 up to March 2015, were included. Data were obtained from the Public Prosecution Service, the Dutch Probation Service and Statistics Netherlands. The results showed that characteristics indicating problems across different domains were more prevalent among young adults sentenced with juvenile sanctions. Furthermore, these young adults committed a greater number of serious offences compared with young adults who were sentenced with adult sanctions. The findings of this study provide support for the special treatment of young adult offenders in criminal law as intended by ACL.


Lise Prop
Lise Prop is researcher at the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), Den Haag, the Netherlands.

André van der Laan
André van der Laan is senior researcher at the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), Den Haag, the Netherlands.

Charlotte Barendregt
Charlotte Barendregt is senior advisor at the Health and Youth Care Inspectorate, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen
Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen is professor at Tilburg University, and treatment manager at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Article

Access_open Is the CJEU Discriminating in Age Discrimination Cases?

Journal Erasmus Law Review, Issue 1 2020
Keywords age discrimination, old people, young people, complete life view, fair innings argument
Authors Beryl ter Haar
AbstractAuthor's information

    Claims have been made that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is more lenient in accepting age discriminating measures affecting older people than in those affecting younger people. This claim is scrutinised in this article, first, by making a quantitative analysis of the outcomes of the CJEU’s case law on age discrimination cases, followed by a qualitative analysis of the line of reasoning of the CJEU in these cases and concluding with an evaluation of the Court’s reasoning against three theoretical approaches that set the context for the assessment of the justifications of age discrimination: complete life view, fair innings argument and typical anti-discrimination approach. The analysis shows that the CJEU relies more on the complete life view approach to assess measures discriminating old people and the fair innings argument approach to assess measures discriminating young people. This results in old people often having to accept disadvantageous measures and young workers often being treated more favourably.


Beryl ter Haar
Beryl ter Haar is assistant professor and academic coordinator of the Advanced LL.M. Global and European Labour Law at Leiden University and visiting professor at the University of Warsaw.
Rulings

ECJ 4 December 2019, case C-413/18 P (H – v – Council), Miscellaneous

H – v – Council of the European Union, EU case

Journal European Employment Law Cases, Issue 1 2020
Keywords Miscellaneous
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