Employment & Labour Law

Enhancing whistleblower protection: Will the whistle blow louder?

June 2019 – The new Slovak Act on Whistleblowing that took effect 1 March 2019 has introduced some notable changes to the obligations that employers faced under the previous Act on Whistleblowing valid until 28 February 2019.
Below we provide...

Bulgaria introduces mandatory quotas for hiring permanently disabled persons

April 2019 – On 2 April 2019, the rules for the implementation of Bulgaria’s new Persons with Disabilities Act (the “Act”) entered into force. The rules detail the obligation of employers in Bulgaria with more than 50 employees to hire a minimum...

Full disclosure: New employer obligations in Slovakia

February 2019 – Recently approved amendments to the Slovak Labour Code and Employment Services Act impose new obligations on employers in Slovakia as of January 2019.
Among the newly introduced changes, employers can no longer bind their employees...

Martial law introduced in several regions of Ukraine may affect business operations

November 2018 – On 26 November 2018, the Ukrainian parliament adopted the Law that approves the Decree of the President of Ukraine on the imposition of martial law (not to be confused with a ‘state of war’) in Ukraine. The new Law, effective 28...

Legal regime in Romania for the granting of cumulative weekly rest days to employees

August 2018 – Many companies have business reasons to conduct certain work activities for an uninterrupted period exceeding five days.
In Romania, the rules for implementing an uninterrupted work period of more than five days are set out under...

White Paper: Harassment and insubordination at the workplace in Romania

August 2018 – An organisation should be able to make clear what is permitted as strong management and what is considered as misuse of power and harassment, just as it should be able to explain when employees in subordinate positions can express their...

White Paper: “Dawn raids” and the labour inspection authority in Romania

August 2018 – This Kinstellar White Paper has been prepared by our experts to give insight into the main powers assigned by Romanian law (Law 108/1999 and GD 488/2017) to the Labour Inspection Authority during “dawn raids“.
Why and when is...

The requalification of service contracts to employment contracts in Romania

July 2018 – From 2017, Romanian law empowers labour office inspectors to determine if an activity performed under a “work for hire” contract, i.e., based on a contract other than an employment contract, is in fact rendered under the conditions...

New law on internships in Romania

July 2018 – New legislation in Romania governing internships will come into force on 18 August 2018. Among its provisions, the new law (Law No. 176/2018) sets out rules governing internships and includes a financial incentive for companies that hire...

Kinstellar advises Pandora Media Inc. on a US$145 million acquisition in the digital audio advertising market

June 2018 – Kinstellar has advised the US company Pandora Media Inc. on the Romanian law aspects of its acquisition of a leading digital audio ad tech firm, AdsWizz. At the close of the transaction, AdsWizz will become a subsidiary of Pandora​, thus...