Technology in the Workplace – an Overview of Employment Law Issues in Europe


February 1, 2019

We can no longer imagine our professional lives without modern information and communication technology. It is common for employers to provide employees with technology such as smartphones or notebooks. These communication and productivity tools are also used for social media – in both business and personal use – and are often not switched off by employees, even in their leisure time. Employees receive e-mails and calls in the evenings, on weekends, and during holidays. While mobile devices promote flexible working, they carry the risk that employees are "always online" in violation of working time regulations. Employers use modern surveillance tools to monitor their employees for regulatory compliance, safety and security. In this article, we discuss the key issues relating to technology in the workplace in various European jurisdictions.

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