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Aflevering 2, 2021 Alle samenvattingen uitklappen
Case Reports

Access_open 2021/13 Equal Treatment Authority’s decision does not bind the court (HU)

Trefwoorden Race, Nationality Discrimination, Discrimination General
Auteurs Zsofia Olah
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This case involved an employee who claimed that her two consecutive employers breached the principle of equal treatment during their employment relationships in relation to her belonging to the Roma minority. The employee built her case on the decision of the Equal Treatment Authority, which declared that her employers discriminated against her. The Curia (the highest judicial authority in Hungary) found that the decision of another authority has no binding effect on a court according to Act III of 1952 on Civil Procedure and that in cases concerning equal treatment, the burden of proof lies on the defendant (employer) to prove that there is no link between the disadvantage suffered by the plaintiff (employee) and her protected characteristic. The Curia and regional courts also found that the employer fulfils this obligation if it successfully proves that it assessed the applicant’s qualifications, professional suitability and attitude towards work when it decided on the question of whom to employ.


Zsofia Olah
Zsofia Olah is a partner at OPL Law Firm.

    On 12 October 2020, the Labour Court of Appeal of Ghent ruled that there was no indirect discrimination in the case of Mrs. Achbita, because a policy of neutrality does not disadvantage Muslim women who want to wear a headscarf more than any other worker. The Labour Court of Appeal was also of the opinion that the employer should not examine alternative job positions.


Gautier Busschaert
Gautier Busschaert is an attorney-at-law at Van Olmen & Wynant.
Case Reports

2021/15 The concept of ‘establishment’ in the context of collective redundancies (AT)

Trefwoorden Collective Redundancies
Auteurs Andreas Tinhofer en Markus Blatnig
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In the context of collective redundancies the term ‘establishment’ (Betrieb) must be interpreted in compliance with the Collective Redundancies Directive 98/59/EC (the ‘Directive’). The early warning mechanism of Section 45a of the Austrian Labour Market Promotion Act (Arbeitsmarktförderungsgesetz, ‘AMFG’) is only triggered if the number of the planned redundancies reaches a relevant threshold in an establishment. In the present case the stores in question were qualified as separate establishments within the meaning of Section 45a AMFG.


Andreas Tinhofer
Andreas Tinhofer is a partner at Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich.

Markus Blatnig
Markus Blatnig is an associate at Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich.
Case Reports

2021/16 Employer’s right of selection upon unilateral termination of the employment relationship (BG)

Trefwoorden Selection procedure, Unilateral Termination
Auteurs Kalina Tchakarova
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The Bulgarian Supreme Court of Cassation in a decision of 2 February 2021 has ruled that in cases where the selection process is not a mandatory part of the termination procedure it is entirely up to the employer to conduct the selection and base its termination decisions on the results of such selection.


Kalina Tchakarova
Kalina Tchakarova is a partner at Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov and Velichkov.

    The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision which granted injunctive relief to prevent the defendant from removing the plaintiff from his position as chief financial officer during his probationary period.


Orla O’Leary
Orla O’Leary is an attorney-at-law at Mason Hayes & Curran in Dublin.

Laura Ryan
Laura Ryan is a trainee solicitor at Mason Hayes & Curran in Dublin.
Case Reports

2021/18 Fixed-term singers not comparable to permanent singers at the Royal Danish Theatre (DK)

Trefwoorden Fixed-Term Work, Other Forms of Discrimination
Auteurs Christian K. Clasen
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In a recent case, the Danish Supreme Court addressed the question of what constitutes a comparable permanent employee in relation to discrimination against fixed-term employees. The Supreme Court ruled that even though the two groups of fixed-term and permanent singers at the Royal Opera Chorus of the Royal Danish Theatre performed almost the same tasks, their positions were not comparable as the singers’ qualifications and skills were different and, for this reason, the difference in terms and conditions was not discriminatory.


Christian K. Clasen
Christian K. Clasen is a partner at Norrbom Vinding, Copenhagen.
Case Reports

2021/19 Employees’ contracts can be split so they transfer to multiple employers on a TUPE service provision change (UK)

Trefwoorden Transfer of Undertakings, Employees who Transfer/Refuse to Transfer
Auteurs Amy Cooper
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In the case of a ‘service provision change’ under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE), where a service is outsourced or re-tendered, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employee’s contract can be split so they go from working full-time for one employer to working part-time for two or more employers.


Amy Cooper
Amy Cooper is an associate at Lewis Silkin LLP.
Case Reports

2021/20 Qualification of on-call duty as actual working time (LU)

Trefwoorden Working Time
Auteurs Michel Molitor
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In its decision rendered on 28 February 2019, the Luxembourg Court of Appeal (Cour d’appel de Luxembourg) examined under which circumstances on-call duty performed at the workplace qualifies as actual working time.
    The issue raised was whether the time spent at night by an employee (i.e. the presence of an employee at the workplace) performing the work of a live-in carer was to be considered as ‘actual working time’.
    The Court expressly referred to EU case law and decided that the concept of actual working time is defined by two criteria, namely (i) whether the employee during such a period must be at the employer’s disposal, and (ii) the interference with the employee’s freedom to choose their activities.
    In view of the working hours provided for in the employment contract and in the absence of evidence proving that the employee would not have been at the employer’s home during her working hours, the Court found that the employee stayed at the employer’s home at night and at the employer’s request. It was irrelevant in this respect whether it was for convenience or not. It was further established that the employee could not leave during the night and return to her home and go about her personal business, so that the hours she worked at night were to be considered as actual working time.
    Given that the employee’s objections regarding her salary were justified (as the conditions of her remuneration violated statutory provisions), the Court decided that the dismissal was unfair.


Michel Molitor
Michel Molitor is the managing partner of MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL in Luxembourg, www.molitorlegal.lu.

    The Bucharest Tribunal has ruled that the time spent by employees in isolation at work during a Covid-19 pandemic state of emergency represents working time. However, the time spent in isolation at home following the period of isolation at work does not constitute rest time.


Andreea Suciu
Andreea Suciu is Managing Partner of Suciu | The Employment Law Firm.

Teodora Manaila
Teodora Manaila is a Senior Associate at Suciu | The Employment Law Firm, Bucharest, Romania.

    On 22 May 2020, fifty-two members of the Hungarian parliament petitioned the Constitutional Court which was requested to establish the unconstitutionality of Section 6(4) of Government Decree no. 47/2020 (III. 18), its conflict with an international treaty and to annul it with retroactive effect to the date of its entry into force. According to Section 6(4) of the Decree “in a separate agreement, the employee and the employer may depart from the provisions of the Labour Code” (i.e. ‘absolute dispositivity’). The petition, among other things, alleged the violation of equal treatment and the right to rest and leisure. The Constitutional Court rejected the motion to establish the unconstitutionality of Section 6(4) and its annulment, since it was repealed on 18 June 2020. The Constitutional Court may, as a general rule, examine the unconstitutionality of the legislation in force, however it was no longer possible to examine the challenged piece of legislation in the framework of a posterior abstract norm control.


Kristof Toth
Kristof Toth is PhD student at the Karoli Gaspar University in Hungary.
Case Reports

2021/23 Crowdworking: An occupation between self-employment and dependence (GE)

Trefwoorden Employment Status
Auteurs Katharina Gorontzi en Jana Voigt
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The German Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, ‘BAG’) has ruled that the user of an online platform (‘crowdworker’) who takes on so-called ‘microjobs’ on the basis of a framework agreement concluded with the platform operator (‘crowdsourcer’) can be an employee of the crowdsourcer. This applies in a case where the framework agreement is aimed at a repeated acceptance of such microjobs. The decisive factor is whether the crowdworker performs work that is subject to instructions and is determined by third parties in the context of the actual performance of the contractual relationship. The name of the contract is irrelevant. One assumes an employment relationship if the crowdsourcer controls the collaboration via an online platform operated by them in such a way that the crowdworker cannot freely shape their activity in terms of place, time and content.


Katharina Gorontzi
Katharina Gorontzi, LLM, is a senior associate at Luther lawfirm in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Jana Voigt
Jana Voigt is a senior associate at Luther lawfirm in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Case Reports

2021/24 Supreme Court confirms that Uber drivers are ‘workers’ (UK)

Trefwoorden Employment Status, Working Time
Auteurs Colin Leckey
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The Supreme Court (SC) has unanimously decided that drivers engaged by Uber are workers rather than independent contractors. It also decided that drivers are working when they are signed in to the Uber app and ready to work.


Colin Leckey
Colin Leckey is a partner at Lewis Silkin LLP.
Landmark Ruling

ECJ 3 June 2021, case C-624/19 (Tesco Stores), Gender Discrimination, Discrimination General

[Employees] – v – Tesco Stores Ltd, UK case

Trefwoorden Gender Discrimination, Discrimination General
Samenvatting

    The principle, laid down by EU law, of equal pay for male and female workers can be relied upon directly, in respect both of ‘equal work’ and of ‘work of equal value’, in proceedings between individuals.

Landmark Ruling

ECJ 3 June 2021, case C-784/19 (TEAM POWER EUROPE), Social Insurance, Temporary Agency Work, Posting of Workers and Expatriates

‘TEAM POWER EUROPE’ EOOD – v – Direktor na Teritorialna direktsia na Natsionalna agentsia za prihodite – Varna, Bulgarian case

Trefwoorden Social Insurance, Temporary Agency Work, Posting of Workers and Expatriates
Samenvatting

    A temporary-work agency must carry out a significant part of its activities of assigning temporary agency workers locally for local social insurance to be applicable.

Rulings

ECJ 15 April 2021, Case C-30/19 (Braathens Regional Aviation AB), Race, Nationality Discrimination

Diskrimineringsombudsmannen – v – Braathens Regional Aviation AB, Swedish case

Trefwoorden Race, Nationality Discrimination
Samenvatting

    If, in a discrimination case, a defendant is willing to pay the full compensation claimed but denies the existence of that discrimination, the discrimination claim must still be heard.

    Mandatory vaccination policies may not be contrary to art. 8 ECHR.

Rulings

ECJ 15 April 2021, Case C-877/19 P (FV/Council), Miscellaneous

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

Trefwoorden Miscellaneous
Samenvatting

    Appeal to annul the appellant’s 2014 and 2015 staff (performance) reports rejected.

Rulings

ECJ 15 April 2021, Case C-875/19 P (FV/Council), Miscellaneous

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

Trefwoorden Miscellaneous
Samenvatting

    Appeal to annul the appellant’s 2013 staff (performance) report rejected.

Rulings

ECJ 12 May 2021, Case C-27/20 (CAF), Social Insurance

PF, QG – v – Caisse d’allocations familiales (CAF) d’Ille-et-Vilaine, French case

Trefwoorden Social Insurance
Samenvatting

    Use of reference year for determining family allowances not found contrary to Article 45 TFEU and Article 7 of Regulation 492/2011, even if subsequent income is significantly reduced.

Rulings

ECJ 15 April 2021, Case C-511/19 (Olympiako Athlitiko Kentro Athinon), Age Discrimination

AB– v – Olympiako Athlitiko Kentro Athinon – Spyros Louis, Greek case

Trefwoorden Age Discrimination
Samenvatting

    Application of labour reserve system following the Greek financial crisis not found contrary to EU law. The difference in treatment on grounds of age established by that system pursues a legitimate labour-policy objective and the means of achieving that objective are appropriate and necessary.

Rulings

ECJ 12 May 2021, Case C-130/20 (INSS (Complément de pension pour les mères – II)), Gender Discrimination, Pension

YJ – v – Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS), Spanish case

Trefwoorden Gender Discrimination, Pension
Samenvatting

    Directive 79/7 on equal treatment for men and women in matters of social security does not apply to national legislation which grants a pension supplement to women with at least two children who retire (early) on grounds of law but not in case of voluntary early retirement, as the Directive concerns discrimination between men and women.

Rulings

ECJ 12 May 2021, Case C-202/20 P (Necci / Commission), Miscellaneous

Claudio Necci – v – European Commission, EU case

Trefwoorden Miscellaneous
Samenvatting

    EC’s Rejection of request to join the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme of the Institutions of the European Communities found illegitimate, case referred back to General Court.

Rulings

ECJ 20 May 2021, Case C-63/20 P (Dickmanns/EUIPO), Miscellaneous

Sigrid Dickmanns – v – EUIPO, EU Case

Trefwoorden Miscellenaeous
Samenvatting

    Appeal against termination of agency contract was dismissed.

Rulings

ECJ 20 May 2021, Case C-879/19 (Format), Social Insurance

FORMAT Urządzenia i Montaże Przemysłowe – v – Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych I Oddział w Warszawie, Polish case

Trefwoorden Social Insurance
Samenvatting

Rulings

ECJ 3 June 2021, case C-326/19 (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca – MIUR e.a. (Chercheurs universitaires)), Fixed-Term Work

EB – v – Presidenza dei Consiglio dei Ministri, Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca – MIUR and Università degli Studi ‘Roma Tre’, Italian case

Trefwoorden Fixed-Term Work
Samenvatting

    It is allowed to limit both the duration and number of fixed-term contracts without an objective justification being necessary, provided that there is no abuse of the rules.

Rulings

ECJ 3 June 2021, case C-726/19 (Instituto Madrileño de Investigación y Desarrollo Rural, Agrario y Alimentario), Fixed-Term Work

Instituto Madrileño de Investigación y Desarrollo Rural, Agrario y Alimentario – v – JN, Spanish case

Trefwoorden Fixed-Term Work
Samenvatting

    It is not allowed to unilaterally extend fixed-term contracts anticipating definitive selection procedures for permanent positions, without it being clear when the selection procedure is held. The economic crisis of 2008 cannot justify the absence of any anti-abusive measures.

Rulings

ECJ 3 June 2021, case C-914/19 (Ministero della Giustizia (Notaires)), Age Discrimination

Ministero della Giustizia – v – GN, Italian case

Trefwoorden Age Discrimination
Samenvatting

    Article 21 CFREU precludes regulations which limit the application procedure for being a notary at 50 years of age, as it does not appear to meet its objectives, which is for the referring court to verify.

Rulings

ECJ 3 June 2021, case C-942/19 (Servicio Aragonés de Salud), Fixed-Term Work

Servicio Aragonés de Salud – v – LB, Spanish case

Trefwoorden Fixed-Term Work
Samenvatting

    The ECJ has no jurisdiction, as the worker concerned has a fixed employment contract.

Rulings

ECtHR 10 June 2021, application no. 45487/17 (Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union (NTF) v. Norway), Collective Agreements, Unions, Free Movement, Other Fundamental Rights

Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union (NTF) – v – Norway

Trefwoorden Collective Agreements, Unions, Free Movement, Other Fundamental Rights
Samenvatting

    Well-founded decision to declare unlawful an announced trade union boycott to pressure foreign company into collective agreement in breach of EEA freedom of establishment.

Rulings

ECJ 10 June 2021, case C-591/19 P (Commission v De Esteban Alonso), Miscellaneous

European Commission – v – Fernando De Esteban Alonso, EU case

Trefwoorden Miscellaneous
Samenvatting

    European Anti-fraud Office and the Commission not found liable for alleged conduct in the context of criminal investigations against a former employee.

Rulings

ECJ 24 June 2021, case C-550/19 (Obras y Servicios Públicos en Acciona Agua), Fixed-Term Work, Transfer of Undertakings, Employment Terms

EV – v – Obras y Servicios Públicos SA and Acciona Agua SA, Spanish case

Trefwoorden Fixed-term Work, Transfer of Undertakings, Employment Terms
Samenvatting

    Spanish ‘fijos de obra’ employment contracts could be in breach of the Framework Agreement on Fixed-Term Work. Following a transfer, only the rights and obligations arising from the last contract transfer, provided that this is not to the detriment of the employee. Both are for the referring court to verify.

Rulings

ECJ 8 July 2021, case C-428/19 (Rapidsped), Posting of Workers and Expatriates

OL, PM, RO – v – Rapidsped Fuvarozási és Szállítmányosi Zrt., Hungarian case

Trefwoorden Posting of Workers and Expatriates
Samenvatting

    A daily allowance is part of the minimum wage during posting, unless it is paid in reimbursement of expenditure actually incurred on account of the posting. A bonus to reduce fuel consumption is allowed, unless it encourages the driver to endager road safety.

Rulings

ECJ 8 July 2021, case C-71/20 (VAS Shipping), Work and Residence Permit

Criminal proceedings against VAS Shipping ApS, Danish Case

Trefwoorden Work and Residence Permit
Samenvatting

    A Member State may impose legislation which require a work permit for third-country national crew members of a vessel flying the flag of a Member State, owned by a company in another Member State.

Rulings

ECJ 8 July 2021, case C-166/20 (Lietuvos Respublikos sveikatos apsaugos ministerija), Work and Residence Permit

BB – v – Lietuvos Respublikos sveikatos apsaugos ministerija, UK/Lithuanian case

Trefwoorden Work and Residence Permit
Samenvatting

    A person who has not met professional requirements in his home state, but has obtained some qualifications in both the home and host state, is entitled to a verification by the host state authorities whether to acknowledge his qualifications, albeit partly.

Pending Cases

Case C-192/21, Fixed-term Work

Clemente – v – Comunidad de Castilla y León (Dirección General de la Función Pública), reference lodged by the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Castilla y León (Spain) on 26 March 2021

Trefwoorden Fixed-term Work
Pending Cases

Cases C-106/21, C-107/21 and C-135/21, Unions

Deutsche Lufthansa AG – v – BC, ZR, GD and WT, references lodged by the Landgericht Köln (Germany) on 22 February and 4 March 2021

Trefwoorden Unions
Pending Cases

Case C-120/21, Paid Leave

LB – v – TO, reference lodged by the Bundesarbeitsgericht (Germany) on 26 February 2021

Trefwoorden Paid Leave
Pending Cases

Case C-101/21, Insolvency

HJ – v – Ministerstvo práce a sociálních věcí, reference lodged by the Nejvyšší správní soud (Czech Republic) on 18 February 2021

Trefwoorden Insolvency
Pending Cases

Case C-133/21, Fixed-term Work

VP, CX, RG, TR and Others – v – Elliniko Dimosio, reference lodged by the Efeteio Athinon (Greece) on 3 March 2021

Trefwoorden Fixed-term Work
Pending Cases

Case C-199/21, Social Insurance, Pension

DN – v – Finanzamt Österreich, reference lodged by the Bundesfinanzgericht (Austria) on 30 March 2021

Trefwoorden Social Insurance, Pension
Pending Cases

Case C-283/21, Social Insurance

VA – v – Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund, reference lodged by the Landessozialgericht Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany) on 4 May 2021

Trefwoorden Social Insurance
Pending Cases

Case C-270/21, Work and Residence Permit

A – v – Opetushallitus, reference lodged by the Korkein hallinto-oikeus (Finland) on 27 April 2021

Trefwoorden Work and Residence Permit