Posts by Daniel Shaw

Monitoring Employee Communications

Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Published by

A recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights (“the ECHR”), Bogdan-Mihai Bărbulescu c. Romania (“Bărbulescu”), serves as an important reminder to employers of the extent to which they may monitor their employees’ private life and communications. Background Bogdan-Mihai Bărbulescu was employed as an engineer in charge of sales at a private company (“the […]

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Mussels, Frites, Bruges and Beer

Friday, January 8, 2016 | Published by

Mussels, frites, Bruges and beer. Whilst this is certainly not all that Australians know about Belgium, these four things featured prominently in discussions with colleagues and friends about my then upcoming secondment to Brussels. Perhaps this is unsurprising given that in some circles moules-frites (or moules et frites in French) is considered Belgium’s national dish, […]

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Religious Symbols in the Workplace

Friday, December 18, 2015 | Published by

There is extensive case law, including in the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”), which considers the balance between, on the one hand, the right of an employee to freely express his religious beliefs, and, on the other hand, the principles of secularism and neutrality applicable in a particular State. However, the vast majority of […]

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