BEERG Online Meeting: “After Uber” – Where Now for Platform and Contract Workers? – Feb 25th 2021

This meeting looked at three current developments.

  • The UK Supreme Court ruling that Uber drivers are “workers”, entitling the “workers” concerned to the national minimum wage, holiday pay and some other rights that fall short of employee status.
  • The EU Commission first-round consultation on improving the working conditions of platform workers.
  • The situation in the US, with the Biden administration committed to action on the matter and the platform companies suggesting the way forward be modeled on the Proposition 22 referendum decision in California

Joining Tom to discuss these issues:

plus several BEERG members.

BEERG Online Meeting on New Spanish Employment Legislation – Feb 17th 2021

This is the video recording of the BEERG members online meeting held on Wednesday, Feb 17th. The meeting was an open forum with a full Q&A engagement. Many thanks to all who participated, particularly our principal speakers:

• Roman Gil from Sagardoy Abogados:
• Oriel Abello from HP – BEERG member.

BEERG/HRPA/C’M’S Online Labour Relations Workshop, Jan & Feb 2021

A New American Administration

This is a video of the January 26th panel discussion on what we can expect on the labor relations public policy agenda under the new Joe Biden administration. The discussion is moderated by Tom Hayes of BEERG and features:

  • Henry D. Eickelberg HRPA COO
  • Wilma Liebman, former chair NLRB
  • Greg Hoff, Associate Counsel
BEERG/CMS/HRPA event Jan 26 2021
Audio from Jan 26 session

Two discussions on (1) COVID Impact on the World of Work & (2) Virtual Labor/Employee Relations

Below is a video of the wide ranging panel discussion on the ongoing and lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the World of Work plus a follow on discussion on Virtual Labor/Employee Relations.

Featured in this video are: Tom Hayes (BEERG), Gerlind Wisskirchen (C’M’S’) and Henry Eickelberg (HR Policy) as co-moderators. Thanks to Lisa Salas, Ani Huang and to many others for their valuable contributions. This session took place on January 19th 2021

BEERG/CMS/HRPA event Jan 19 2021
Audio file of Jan 19th session

Below are materials from the first day’s C’M’S’/BEERG/HRPA online workshop on January 12th 2021. There were two presentations:

  • The EU’s Social Policy Agenda for the Year Ahead
  • Brexit: What Happens Next

Here you can the two presentations as PDFs, along with the two full video files and two audio only files:

The EU’s Social Policy Agenda for the Year Ahead

EU Agenda Audio

Brexit: What Happens Next?

Brexit Audio File

EWC Call Dec 1st 2020

Analysis of Spanish Royal Decree 901/2020

Analysis from Sagardoy Abogados, part of the Ius Laboris network, on the recently publish Spanish Royal Decree 901/2020 which imposes an obligation on all companies with more than 50 employees to draw up and negotiate equality plans. English and Spanish language versions:

BREXIT: a EU/UK data border?

EU/UK data transfers webcall

As a “third country” the UK falls outside the scope of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), even if the UK has incorporated the GDPR into its domestic legislation. This means that as and from Jan 1 next it could be illegal to transfer personal data from the EU to the UK unless:

  1. The EU grants the UK a “data adequacy decision”, which would mean that the EU accepts that the UK’s data protection framework is sufficiently robust that it is safe for EU citizens’ personal data to be transferred there.
  2. In the absence of an adequacy decision, businesses are able to make use of Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) or Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs).

However, recent decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have put questions marks over both a UK adequacy decision and the use of SSCs and BCRs. Schrems II and Privacy International both touch on the question of widescale security services access to personal data and whether such access is compatible with the GDPR and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Despite Brexit the UK economy is, and will remain, deeply integrated with the EU economy. Both are highly dependent on data transfers. There has never been a “data border” between the UK and the EU. The “data economy” was created and grew while the UK was inside the framework of the EU’s Custom Union and Single Market.

  • What happens once such a border is created on Jan 1st next and what happens if there is no adequacy decision and/or SCCs and BCRs are also put in doubt?
  • What would it mean for business if data transfers were blocked?

We discussed these issues in a BEERG webcast on Monday, October 26. Joining BEERG’s Executive Director Tom Hayes on the call were several BEERG members and guest speakers:

Introduction to Belgian Social Dialogue model (Nov 18, 2020):

Here is an invitation to a program designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the Belgian Social Dialogue model and a comparison with other models with which they are familiar.

  • Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, from 10 am until 11.30 am CET
  • In order to facilitate an interactive session, the number of participants will be limited to 12.


From C/M/S Webinar June 24th and July 1st 2020

These 3 newsletters on Coronavirus are from Marco Sideri at Toffoletto Deluca – please note that the dates are important since the situation is developing.

Other notes and links

Friday March 27 – Covid-10 and Data Privacy

Hogan Lowell’s COVID resource center:

From Rubén Agote Eguizábal‘s presentation here are links to updated information by Cuatrecasas for Spain. Also, in the employment blog on the webpage you will find updated information and webinars in English, Spanish and German about employment law in COVID-19 crisis in Spain.

About the declaration of the Spanish State of Alarm, updated March 20th

About the new Spanish Covid-19 Act 8/2020 (March 18th


From David Hopper, Lewis Silkin LLP: links circulated for the UK (these resources are updating regularly):

  1. on the UK Government’s new furlough scheme –
  2. on general Q&As for employers –
  3. on UK data protection issues –


Also from Chris Engels:

Coronavirus : Top tips for international employers

Impact Corona crisis on your social elections procedure: Advice from the National Labour Council

The consequences of Corona for your social elections procedure

Coronavirus – update: Procedure temporary unemployment for economic reasons for white-collar workers simplified : Extension of the force majeure regime

Coronavirus – update : Measures for employers