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    The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a man seeking to establish that, if he died, his husband should be entitled to the same survivor’s pension as a female spouse would receive in the same circumstances. The Court unanimously held that an exemption in the Equality Act 2010 allowing employers to exclude same-sex partners from pension benefits accruing before December 2005, was incompatible with EU law and should be disapplied.

Anna Bond
Anna Bond is an associate at Lewis Silkin LLP: www.lewissilkin.com.
Case Reports

2017/43 Mobility of employees and entitlement to annual leave (AU)

Tijdschrift European Employment Law Cases, Aflevering 4 2017
Trefwoorden Nationality discrimination
Auteurs Peter C. Schöffmann en Andreas Tinhofer

    Under Austrian law employees are entitled to more annual leave if they have worked for at least 25 years for the same employer. Employment with other employers is taken into account, but not for more than a total of five years. The ECJ will have to decide whether this limitation complies with EU law or whether it unlawfully restricts the freedom of movement of employees.

Peter C. Schöffmann
Peter C. Schöffmann is an associate at MOSATI Rechtsanwälte (www.mosati.at).

Andreas Tinhofer
Andreas Tinhofer is a partner at MOSATI Rechtsanwälte (www.mosati.at).

    On 10 January 2017, the Labour Court of Mons ruled that in the case of a collective dismissal, an employer may use absenteeism measured by the Bradford factor as a criterion for selecting employees for redundancy, without breaching anti-discrimination law.

Gautier Busschaert
Gautier Busschaert is an attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant in Brussels, www.vow.be.

Access_open The Right to Same-Sex Marriage: Assessing the European Court of Human Rights’ Consensus-Based Analysis in Recent Judgments Concerning Equal Marriage Rights

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 3 2017
Trefwoorden same-sex marriage, gay marriage, European consensus, margin of appreciation, consensus-based analysis by the ECtHR
Auteurs Masuma Shahid

    This contribution assesses the consensus-based analysis and reasoning of the European Court of Human Rights in recent judgments concerning equal marriage rights and compares it to the Court’s past jurisprudence on European consensus and the margin of appreciation awarded to Member States regarding the issue of equal marriage rights. The contribution aims to analyse whether there is a parallel to be seen between the rapid global trend of legalisation of same-sex marriage and the development or evolution of the case law of the ECtHR on the same topic. Furthermore, it demonstrates that the Court’s consensus-based analysis is problematic for several reasons and provides possible alternative approaches to the balancing of the Court between, on the one hand, protecting rights of minorities (in this case same-sex couples invoking equal marriage rights) under the European Convention on Human Rights and, on the other hand, maintaining its credibility, authority and legitimacy towards Member States that might disapprove of the evolving case law in the context of same-sex relationships. It also offers insights as to the future of European consensus in the context of equal marriage rights and ends with some concluding remarks.

Masuma Shahid
Lecturer, Department of International and European Union Law, Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam.

Access_open Administering Justice and Serving the People

The Tension between the Objective of Judicial Efficiency and Informal Justice in Canadian Access to Justice Initiatives

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 3 2017
Trefwoorden access to justice, procedural law, courts, civil justice reform, comparative law
Auteurs Catherine Piché

    Canada has a complex system of courts that seek to serve Canadians in view of the traditional objectives of civil justice – principally accessibility, efficiency, fairness, efficacy, proportionality and equality. The Canadian court system is generally considered by its users to work well and to have legitimacy. Yet, researchers have found that ‘there is a tendency for people involved in a civil case to become disillusioned about the ability of the system to effect a fair and timely resolution to a civil justice problem’. This article will discuss the ways in which reforms of procedural law and civil justice have originated and continue to be made throughout Canada, both nationally and provincially, as well as the trends and influences in making these reforms. With hundreds of contemporary procedural reforms having been discussed, proposed and/or completed since the first days of Canadian colonisation on a national basis and in the Canadian provinces and territory, providing a detailed analysis will prove challenging. This article will nonetheless provide a review of civil justice and procedural reform issues in Canada, focusing principally, at the provincial level, on the systems of Ontario and Quebec. Importantly, I will seek to reconcile the increasing willingness to have an economically efficient civil justice and the increased power of judges in managing cases, with our court system’s invasion of ADR and its prioritisation of informal modes of adjudication.

Catherine Piché
Dr. Prof. Catherine Piché, Université de Montreal.

Access_open A Critical Appraisal of the Role of Retribution in Malawian Sentencing Jurisprudence

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 3 2017
Trefwoorden sentencing, retribution, just deserts, punishment, Malawi
Auteurs Esther Gumboh

    The theory of retribution is a central tenet in Malawian sentencing jurisprudence. Courts have given expression to retribution in various ways, most conspicuously through the recognition of the principle of proportionality as the most important principle in sentencing. Retribution has permeated courts’ consideration of certain sentencing factors such as the seriousness of the offence, family obligations and public opinion. Overall, retribution rightly plays a pivotal role in Malawian sentencing jurisprudence by elevating the principle of proportionality to the most important principle in sentencing. Malawian courts have also noted that whether in pursuit of retribution or utilitarianism, the ultimate objective is to arrive at a sentence that is just and fair in relation to the crime and the offender. This also ensures that the sentence imposed does not offend the prohibition of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

Esther Gumboh
Esther Gumboh is a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Mediation case law in Germany – an overview

Tijdschrift Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor mediation en conflictmanagement, Aflevering 4 2017
Trefwoorden Case law, Germany, Voluntariness, Confidentiality, Neutrality
Auteurs Ulla Gläßer

Ulla Gläßer
Prof. Dr. Ulla Gläßer, LL.M., holds a full professorship of mediation, conflict management and procedural theory at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)/Germany. She is academic director of the Institute for Conflict Management and the postgraduate, interdisciplinary Master’s Program on Mediation at the European University. Ms Gläßer is teaching mediation, negotiation and conflict management skills at various universities and numerous other institutions in Germany and abroad. She has published broadly on mediation methodology, the legal framework of mediation, quality assurance of mediation and other ADR procedures and the establishment of mediation and ADR procedures in different realms of society. She also is editor of two Publication Series on Mediation and Conflict Management and a comprehensive commentary on the German Mediation Act and corresponding relevant regulation. As a practical mediator and facilitator, Ms Gläßer supports dispute resolution and decision making processes within or between organisations/corporations.

Is beleidskeuze in de Wet banenafspraak en quotum arbeidsbeperkten een objectieve rechtvaardiging voor ongelijke behandeling?

Rechtbank Noord-Holland 14 maart 2017 (ECLI:NL:RBNHO:2017:4976)

Tijdschrift Handicap & Recht, Aflevering 2 2017
Trefwoorden Wet banenafspraak en quotum arbeidsbeperkten, Artikel 14 EVRM, redelijke en objectieve rechtvaardigingsgrond, beleidsvrijheid wetgever, Artikel 94 Grondwet
Auteurs Mr. M. Chébti

    Rechtbank Noord-Holland oordeelt dat het UWV geen verboden onderscheid heeft gemaakt door een werkzoekende met een auditieve beperking een indicatie banenafspraak te weigeren. De rechtbank stelt dat er een redelijke en objectieve rechtvaardigingsgrond bestaat voor dit gemaakte onderscheid. Hij motiveert dit oordeel slechts met een verwijzing naar de door de wetgever gemaakte afweging om alleen de meest kwetsbare groep mensen met een beperking aan te merken als doelgroep van de Wet banenafspraak en quotum arbeidsbeperkten.
    In dit artikel wordt de vraag aan de orde gesteld of deze motivering wel voldoet aan de procedurele verplichting die, volgens de rechtspraak van het EHRM, voortvloeit uit artikel 14 EVRM. In het concrete geval moet een rechterlijk onderzoek plaatsvinden naar het bestaan van een redelijke en objectieve rechtvaardigingsgrond voor de inbreuk op het recht op gelijke behandeling. De rechtbank neemt in deze uitspraak tot uitgangspunt dat de ruime beleidsvrijheid van de wetgever in de weg staat aan een rechterlijke belangenafweging in het concrete geval. Betoogd wordt dat vaste rechtspraak van de Hoge Raad bepaalt dat de rechter, bij wijze van uitzondering, wel mag treden in een beleidskeuze van de wetgever. Dit kan hij doen wanneer het resultaat van die beleidskeuze strijd zou opleveren met een rechtstreeks werkende verdragsbepaling zoals artikel 14 EVRM. De besproken uitspraak miskent die rechterlijke bevoegdheid.

Mr. M. Chébti
Mr. M. (Mariam) Chébti is lid van het College voor de Rechten van de Mens.
Case Reports

2017/30 Discrimination of workers’ representatives – burden of proof (LI)

Tijdschrift European Employment Law Cases, Aflevering 3 2017
Trefwoorden Discrimination (other), Discrimination of workers’ representatives
Auteurs Vida Petrylaite

    The Lithuanian Supreme Court has found discrimination against an employee based on his trade union activities and ruled that there was no need for the burden of proof to shift to the employer.

Vida Petrylaite
Vida Petrylaite is a partner with CONFIDENCE Law Office, Vilnus (www.confidence.lt).

    It was direct sex discrimination for a male employee who wished to take shared parental leave (SPL) to be entitled only to the minimum statutory pay where a female employee would have been entitled to full salary during an equivalent period of maternity leave, according to a first-instance decision from the Employment Tribunal (ET).

Anna Bond
Anna Bond is an Associate Solicitor at Lewis Silkin LLP.
ECJ Court Watch

ECJ 19 July 2017, case C-143/16 (Abercrombie & Fitch Italia Srl), Age discrimination

Abercrombie & Fitch Italia Srl – v – Antonino Bordonaro, Italian case

Tijdschrift European Employment Law Cases, Aflevering 3 2017
Trefwoorden Age discrimination

    A provision which authorises an employer to make an on-call contract with a worker of under 25 years of age and to dismiss that worker as soon as he or she reaches 25, pursues a legitimate aim of employment and labour market policy and the means to attain that objective were appropriate and necessary.

Case Reports

2017/27 Supreme Court clarifies indirect discrimination test (UK)

Tijdschrift European Employment Law Cases, Aflevering 3 2017
Trefwoorden General discrimination, Indirect discrimination
Auteurs Soyoung Lee

    The Supreme Court has given a clear explanation of how the test for indirect discrimination works, holding that it is not necessary to know why a particular group is disadvantaged by an employer’s policy in order to show indirect discrimination. This decision is not particularly helpful for employers as it makes it easier for individuals to make an indirect discrimination claim. However, the Supreme Court emphasised that it is always open to an employer to show that indirect discrimination is justified.

Soyoung Lee
Soyoung Lee is an Associate Solicitor at Lewis Silkin LLP (www.lewissilkin.com).
ECJ Court Watch

Case C-258/17. Discrimination and pension

E.B. – v – Versicherungsanstalt öffentlich Bediensteter BVA, reference lodged by the German Verwaltungsgerichtshof on 15 May 2017

Tijdschrift European Employment Law Cases, Aflevering 3 2017
ECJ Court Watch

ECJ 13 July 2017, case C-354/16 (Kleinsteuber), Part-time work and sex discrimination

Ute Kleinsteuber – v – Mars GmbH, German case

Tijdschrift European Employment Law Cases, Aflevering 3 2017
Trefwoorden Part-time work, Gender discrimination

    Distinctions made for part-time workers in calculating occupational pension can be acceptable, as long as the calculations are based on legitimate objectives in accordance with law.

Case Reports

2017/31 Lawful positive discrimination in favour of women (FR)

Tijdschrift European Employment Law Cases, Aflevering 3 2017
Trefwoorden Discrimination (other), Positive discrimination
Auteurs Claire Toumieux en Susan Ekrami

    Company agreement provisions granting a half-day of leave to female employees on International Women’s Day constitute lawful positive discrimination in favour of women.

Claire Toumieux
Claire Toumieux is a partner with Allen & Overy LLP in Paris (www.allenovery.com).

Susan Ekrami
Susan Ekrami is a senior associate with Allen & Overy LLP in Paris (www.allenovery.com).

Prof. mr. J. de Boer
Prof. mr. J. de Boer is lid van het Gemeenschappelijk Hof.

Vrijheid van religie op de werkplaats en het Hof van Justitie: terug naar cuius regio, illius religio?

Tijdschrift Arbeidsrechtelijke Annotaties, Aflevering 2 2017
Trefwoorden Discriminatie, Vrijheid van religie, Hoofddoek, Richtlijn 2000/78/EU, Religie of overtuiging
Auteurs Prof. dr. Filip Dorssemont

    In deze bijdrage worden twee mijlpaalarresten de dato 14 maart 2017 van het Hof van Justitie die betrekking hebben op discriminatie op basis van religie kritisch geanalyseerd. In beide gevallen gaf het dragen van een hoofddoek aanleiding tot het ontslag van een werkneemster. De auteur stelt dat het ontslag van een werkneemster wegens het dragen van een hoofddoek op basis van een algemene regel die uitingen van religieuze, politieke en filosofische overtuigingen verbiedt wel degelijk een directe vorm van discriminatie betreft. Hij betwist dat een beleid van neutraliteit in de onderneming een afdoende legitieme doelstelling vormt die indirecte discriminatie zou rechtvaardigen. De grondslag voor een dergelijke benadering, de in het Handvest van de grondrechten van de Europese Unie opgenomen vrijheid van ondernemerschap, is niet dienstig om een richtlijn die het burgerschap binnen de Europese Unie beschermt, beperkend te interpreteren. Hij bepleit dat rechtvaardigingsgronden voor discriminatie op basis van religie voorzienbaar en kenbaar moeten zijn. Tot slot wordt het gebruik van de redelijke aanpassingen door het Hof van Justitie beschouwd. De auteur meent dat de analyse van het Hof op gespannen voet staat met de rechtspraak van het Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens en een risico in zich draagt van ‘harassment’ van werknemers die naar een plek in ‘backoffice’ worden verbannen.

Prof. dr. Filip Dorssemont
Prof. dr. F. Dorssemont is hoogleraar Arbeidsrecht aan de Université Catholique de Louvain en redacteur van dit tijdschrift.

Access_open Corporate Taxation and BEPS: A Fair Slice for Developing Countries?

Tijdschrift Erasmus Law Review, Aflevering 1 2017
Trefwoorden Fairness, international tax, legitimacy, BEPS, developing countries
Auteurs Irene Burgers en Irma Mosquera

    The aim of this article is to examine the differences in perception of ‘fairness’ between developing and developed countries, which influence developing countries’ willingness to embrace the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) proposals and to recommend as to how to overcome these differences. The article provides an introduction to the background of the OECD’s BEPS initiatives (Action Plan, Low Income Countries Report, Multilateral Framework, Inclusive Framework) and the concerns of developing countries about their ability to implement BEPS (Section 1); a non-exhaustive overview of the shortcomings of the BEPS Project and its Action Plan in respect of developing countries (Section 2); arguments on why developing countries might perceive fairness in relation to corporate income taxes differently from developed countries (Section 3); and recommendations for international organisations, governments and academic researchers on where fairness in respect of developing countries should be more properly addressed (Section 4).

Irene Burgers
Irene Burgers is Professor of International and European Tax Law, Faculty of Law, and Professor of Economics of Taxation, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Groningen.

Irma Mosquera
Irma Mosquera, Ph.D. is Senior Research Associate at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation IBFD and Tax Adviser Hamelink & Van den Tooren.

    On 6 December 2016, the Danish Supreme Court delivered its long-awaited judgment on the case of Ajos, addressing the issue of whether a private employer was entitled to refuse to make a redundancy payment in reliance on the former section 2a(3) of the Danish Salaried Employees Act or whether the general principle against discrimination on grounds of age needed to take precedence. It concluded that the employer was entitled to refuse to pay.

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