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USA: FLSA Amendment Bars Employers from Retaining Tips But Removes DOL Prohibition on Tip Sharing

An amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in the omnibus budget bill, “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, 2018, provides that an employer “may not keep tips received by its employees for any purposes, including allowing managers or supervisors to keep any portion of employees’ tips, regardless of whether or not the employer takes a tip credit.”

Sweden: Revised proposal for a new act on trade secrets suggests further liability when an employee acquire unauthorized access to a trade secret

The proposed changes to the Swedish legislation on the protection of trade secrets suggest that it shall be considered an attack on a trade secret if an employee acquires unauthorized access to a trade secret to which the employee otherwise have lawful access due to employment or other similar grounds.

Sweden: A female teacher who refused to shake hands with male co-workers could not prove discrimination

A female teacher claimed that an employer enforced discriminatory standards, directly or indirectly due to her religious beliefs, by demanding that all teachers must shake hands with co-workers and students regardless of their gender. However, the Swedish Labour Court concluded that discrimination had not been showed since the teacher had not proven that such standards were enforced.

Spain: How to calculate the computation of paid leaves

The Supreme Court recognizes that the paid leaves will begin to be counted from the first business day after the causal event, even if this happens during a public holiday. In addition, it analyzes the Collective State Agreement of Contact Center as well as the Workers’ Statute (WS) and emphasize that these permits are granted for their enjoyment in business days.

Romania: The Supreme Court issued a new decision stating the period the Security Fund can make payments to the employees of a company in case of insolvency

In order to ensure a safety option in case of insolvency, companies contribute to a Security Fund that can substitute itself to the employer in case of insolvency and pay the salaries to the employees affected by the insolvency. The Supreme Court was called to issue a general decision on the period the Fund can make these payments.