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- Wachtell Lipton Discusses Shareholder Activism in France as Model for U.S.
In response to the sharp increase in campaigns by activist hedge funds in France and Europe generally, a French commission has conducted an extensive investigation and issued a carefully researched, reasonable and balanced report recommending regulatory and procedural changes to rebalance the relationship between companies and activists. The key recommendations are: “[S]tronger transparency measures applicable...
- France Prohibits Use of Facial Recognition Technology to Control School Entry
The French Data Protection Authority, CNIL, has prohibited the use of facial recognition to control entry into a school as disproportionate saying that alternative less intrusive means are available, such as badge control. Key takeaways: Processing of biometric data is of particular sensitivity, justifying enhanced protection of individuals. Facial recognition devices are particularly intrusive and...
- Research makes it easier to identify Yersinia
Researchers at the Pasteur Institut in France have developed a genomic analysis method for classifying and identifying Yersinia strains and estimating pathogenicity. The Yersinia genus covers a range of bacteria distinguished by criteria such as whether or not they are able to cause disease. It is part of the family Enterobacteriaceae and includes 19 species....
- Ten Examples of Data Processing Activities That Don’t Require a DPIA According to France’s CNIL
The French Data Protection Authority CNIL has issued guidance on types of data processing for which a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is not required under GDPR: HR-related processing, not including profiling, for companies with under 250 employees (e.g: payroll , training, employee timekeeping – without biometrics, evaluations) Processing solely for calculating working time (except...
- PRA Policy Statement 24/19: Large exposures – reciprocation of French measure
On 15 October 2019, the PRA published Policy Statement 24/19: Large exposures – reciprocation of French measure (PS24/19). In PS24/19 the PRA sets out its final rule following Consultation Paper 15/19: Large exposures – reciprocation of French measure (our blog is here). In this consultation the PRA proposed to apply a tighter limit for large...
- France: The complex consequences of the occurrence of gross misconduct during the notice period
The general rule under French law is that when employment contracts are terminated, employees are entitled to a prior notice period, the length of which depends on the status of the employee (executive or non-executive), their length of service, and in some cases their age. The applicable rules are generally set by the sector-wide collective...
- Spotlight on France and Germany – recent articles
Continuing our spotlight posts featuring contributions from our global Employment & Benefits group, here are some recent articles from our teams in France and Germany: Protecting IP with employment agreements in France – Employment & Benefits partner Julien Haure and associate Marine Hamon provide guidance on how employers in France can establish ownership of the intellectual...
- E. coli and Listeria concerns prompt cheese recall in five countries
Raw cow’s milk cheese distributed to at least five European countries has been recalled due to possible E. coli and Listeria contamination. A warning was issued by German authorities about E. coli O26:H11 and Listeria monocytogenes in the raw cow’s milk Bethmale cheese from France. There have been no illnesses linked to the recall. Affected...
- 5 & 5: Join Us For The Top 5 Employment Law Developments In EMEA
Join us in our new Palo Alto office for a breakfast briefing on October 30 as we explore the top 5 trends impacting multinational employers in EMEA. Hear from leading practitioners in 5 key EMEA jurisdictions – France, Germany, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom – as we address these key developments: 1. Tips...
- What are an employer’s chances of overcoming an employee’s claim for overtime in France ?
The basic working time arrangement in France is 35 hours per week, and although there are a number of alternative working time arrangements potentially available, this is still the one that applies to the majority of French employees. However, this is not a maximum working week – employees working beyond that amount are entitled to...
- The science behind Shigella infections
Researchers in France believe they have discovered how Shigella is able to cause human illness. According to an article in the Post Chronicle, written by the United Press International, and published at the Iowa State University Extension Food Safety News Web site: “Laurence Arbibe and colleagues...
- Three African Heads of State Sued For Hiding Assets
A “Misappropriated Public Assets” civil petition in France claims that the presidents of Gabon, Congo Brazzaville and Equatorial Guinea are likely hiding assets. The “Misappropriated Public Assets” petition against the three heads of state was filed December 2, 2008 by both Transparency...
- France debates Nanotech
The French Commission of Public Debates (CPDP) launches a nationwide series of pubic debates on nanotechnology, beginning in Strasbourg Tuesday 10/13/2009 and ending in Paris on 02/23/2010. Each debate will focus on a different theme; the initial debate in Strasbourg will focus on EU regulation of...
- Asset Search News Roundup: July 28, 2010
This “Asset Search News Roundup” features France’s richest woman; a retired Orlando police officer; and actor Wesley Snipes: “Police question French heiress over scandal” reports that France’s richest woman,L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, is suspected of hiding assets from French tax...
- Non EU-based Companies Using French Data Processors for Payroll, Customers and Prospects Data Exempted from Prior Notification
In a decision published on February 16, 2011 (Deliberation No. 2011-023), the French data protection authority (CNIL) exempted non EU-based companies from any prior notification obligation with regard to their payroll, customer and prospects data processed in France. This exemption will be of...
- Sprouts Implicated in E. coli Outbreak in France
As many as 10 people may be sick in southwestern France in an outbreak of foodborne illness once again linked to sprouts. Press reports say preliminary lab tests indicate that two of the people are infected with E. coli O104, the same strain that has caused more than 3,800 illnesses and at least 45 ...
- Outbreak: German Task Force's Findings
European health officials tested more than 10,000 samples of food but never found any contaminated with the deadly E. coli O104:H4 that has caused nearly 4,000 illnesses and at least 44 deaths in the outbreaks in France and Germany linked to Egyptian fenugreek sprouting seeds. A presentation on...
- Spanish War Ship Sunk Since 1804, And Its Cargo, Immune from Suit in U.S. Under FSIA
Odessey Marine Exploration, Inc. v. The Unidentified Shipwrecked Vessel, et al., No. 10-10269 (11th Cir. Sept. 2011), offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of maritime jurisdiction of the federal courts, 200+-year old old shipwrecks of Spanish war ships, wars between England and France,...
- ‘Sunshine Act’ à la française adopted on 29 December 2011. Healthcare and cosmetics companies will be subject to a tough transparency regulation in France
A new rule, adopted on 29 December 2011 and published on 30 December 2011 after an unusually expedited procedure due to strong government pressure, will heavily modify the regulatory framework in which healthcare companies, but also to some extent cosmetics companies, operate in France. Besides...
- CoE Conference Addresses Law Enforcement in the Cloud
The Council of Europe's 2012 Octopus Cybercrime conference closed today in Strasbourg, France. Hogan Lovells partner Winston Maxwell presented the firm's white paper on government access to data in the cloud. This blog contains links to the conference materials....