Pre-contractual liability – New rules for contractual negotiations in the Czech civil law

Pre-contractual liability – New rules for contractual negotiations in the Czech civil law

The topic of this article is devoted to so called pre-contractual liability – one of the new institutes of the contract law and execution of contracts under the new Czech civil law as introduced by the New Civil Code (Act No. 89/2012 Coll., the “NCC”), effective as of 1st January ... Read More »

Crackdown on mortgage interest tax relief for landlords

Crackdown on mortgage interest tax relief for landlords

The Chancellor’s recent announcement in the Autumn Statement regarding a rise in the amount of SDLT payable by landlords and second home owners has received much attention in the media. However, last summer’s Budget contained another key announcement that landlords need to be aware of. Currently, buy-to-let landlords can deduct ... Read More »

UK’s First Deferred Prosecution Agreement reached following a failure to prevent bribery under Section 7 Bribery Act 2010

UK’s First Deferred Prosecution Agreement reached following a failure to prevent bribery under Section 7 Bribery Act 2010

The Head of the Serious Fraud Office, David Green QC, has announced that the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) first application for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) was approved by Lord Justice Leveson at Southwark Crown Court on Monday, 30 November 2015. Background The concept of a “deferred prosecution” was introduced ... Read More »

Company practice

Company practice

No entitlement to paid smoking breaks based on company practice (Higher Labor Court Nuremberg, decision of August 05, 2015 – 2 Sa 132/15) In many firms employers allow for working time to be broken up without requiring employees to work extra hours or reducing the claim to remuneration accordingly. No ... Read More »

Termination Without Notice

Termination Without Notice

Secret conversation recording as retrospective grounds for termination without notice (Higher Labor Court Hamburg, decision dated July 22, 2015 – 6 Sa 77/14) If at the point of receiving notification of extraordinary termination there are other objective reasons for termination, which do not come to the attention of the employer ... Read More »

Industrial Disputes

Industrial Disputes

Compensation of third-party companies in the event of a strike (Federal Labor Court, decision dated August 25, 2015 – 1 AZR 754/13) Third-party companies are often affected by strikes. In its ruling from August 25, 2015 the Federal Labor Court decided that airlines affected by an air traffic controller strike ... Read More »

No more safe harbors!

No more safe harbors!

The European Court of Justice has annulled the Safe Harbor Program (European Court of Justice, decision dated October 06, 2015 – C 362/14) It is now apparent since the ruling of the European Court of Justice dated October 06, 2015 (C 362/14): The Safe Harbor Program is invalid. The European ... Read More »

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