Reposted from Law A La Mode 

By: Kai Bodenstedt and Astrid Schnabel

Labor Unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements

As the profits of German online retailers increase, so too do the HR pressures that such businesses face. As electronic retail businesses hire more and more workers, they are increasingly faced with labor law issues. For example, the primary German trade union for the retail sector, ver.di, has tried desperately to get a foot in the door at several online retailers.


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Reposted from DLA Piper’s IPT Italy Blog

By Gianluigi Marino

We dedicated this week to fashion and IPT (intellectual property and technology) issues. After wearable technologies, special rules for foreign franchisors in Italy, 3D Printers à la mode, social media and fashion this IPT catwalk goes on with some lines regarding fashion and e-commerce.

The vast majority of the fashion players are increasing their online sales. They are becoming more and more online retailers.

First of all a good purchase experience in an online store needs a good navigation in the website. And a good navigation in the website is possible with the optimization of the use of cookies. But the use of cookies is regulated by the EU Directive 2009/136 as implemented in the different European member states. Therefore every manager of online stores should take into account this specific regulations. Moreover big companies which sell their products in more than just one member state shall comply all their (local) webpages with the different local implementation of this Directive. As far as Italy is concerned, after the public consultation launched by the Italian Data Protection Authority some months ago, a new specific regulation is waited in the next few months.


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