Human rights

Bar Huberman Editor's message: Be aware of the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on your relationship with your workers. The rights and freedoms in the Convention that are likely to have the most impact on that relationship include: the right to a fair and public hearing; the right to respect for private and family life; freedom of thought, conscience and religion; and freedom of expression.

It is important to consider such rights and freedoms when you are, for example, drawing up a dress code, contemplating carrying out a physical search of an employee or responding to an employee's request to be accompanied by a lawyer at a disciplinary hearing.

Bar Huberman, acting employment law managing editor

New and updated

  • Human rights

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on Barbulescu v Romania, in which the European Court of Human Rights held that monitoring the employee's work-related Yahoo account breached his human rights.

  • Date:
    14 September 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    How should employers adapt their policies on monitoring employees' use of email or other company systems in the wake of a recent ECHR decision? Sarah Ozanne explains.

  • Monitoring work-related Yahoo account breached employee's human rights

    Date:
    6 September 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    In this Romanian case, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has held that monitoring the employee's private use of a business messaging account amounted to a breach of his right to private life and correspondence under art.8.

  • Worker whose messages were monitored had human rights breached

    Date:
    5 September 2017
    Type:
    News

    Employers should make employees aware of any monitoring of their communications after the European Court of Human Rights ruled a man's right to privacy was breached when his employers investigated his private messages.

  • Date:
    22 August 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based tech company, recently became one of the first in the world to microchip staff. David Sheppard, associate at Capital Law, looks at the employment law implications of this controversial move.

  • Court of Appeal rules on impact of human rights law on collective consultation rights

    Date:
    2 August 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    The Court of Appeal has held that the legislative provision that excludes park police constables from enjoying collective consultation rights is in breach of their, and their union's, art.11 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Cases on appeal

    Date:
    1 June 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.

  • Criminal record checks: filtering process breaches human rights laws

    Date:
    8 May 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    The Court of Appeal has held that the criminal record checks system is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Date:
    20 April 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    A recent legal case involving messaging service WhatsApp raises issues about monitoring employee communications. Nick Le Riche, a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell, offers practical tips on balancing employees' privacy rights with employers' need to protect confidential data.

  • Date:
    24 January 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    CCTV used to require installation by specialist security engineers, but modern small-scale camera systems can now be rigged up by almost anyone. Pam Loch, managing partner of Loch Employment Law, looks at the legal implications of surveillance cameras in the workplace.