EELA Conference 2017

It was three intense days and not even the natural beauty of Zurich distracted the attention of the more than 400 participants at the annual EELA conference. Here are the topics of greatest interest and the main aspects of this event in the opinion of lawyer and partner at BAS Dália Cardadeiro.

The participation in this edition of the conference exceeded your expectations?

Yes, because we’ve been able to effectively exchange – and not only in general terms as often happens in events with a large number of participants – concrete ideas and gather experiences with colleagues from other countries on matters of particular interest to us. These are issues with which we work on a day-to-day basis with our clients and also in the trainings we give, as is the case, for example, of data protection in the workplace. This exchange of ideas turned out to be a very interesting and rewarding.


Which interventions or plenary sessions did you have the opportunity to attend in the company of the other two BAS members who were also at the conference (Alexandra Mota and Pedro Madeira de Brito)?

Here is a summary of the sessions the team attended:

. Brexit and what happens next

. Counsel Forum – The new General Data Protection Regulation (no.2016/679, GDPR), Compliance in Practice

. Global Employers – Compensation and Benefits for Executives and Managers – One Size Fits All or Country per Country?

. The Digital Lawyer

. Modern Technology at the workplace – from “Swiss Army Knife” to Technology Stress


Was there one with greatest interest?

We would like to highlight, on the one hand, the analysis of the treatment evolution and various experiences in different countries regarding data protection in the Human Resources area. On the other hand, there was the impact that is almost transverse in the trend of ‘smart working’, which is seen as a way of evolving teleworking that our legal system already knows well and which many of our companies are already familiar with. This type of work is mainly aimed at improving the efficiency and profitability of the worker through the use of new information and communication technologies, as well as the use and optimization of tools that allow him to work anywhere in the world. Lastly, we have had the opportunity to analyse and share experiences on the new models of flexibilization of time and place of work.


How many people, and from which countries, attended the event?

There were 444 attendants from 30 countries.


What were the main themes and what led people to participate?

It was very interesting that one of the first items on the agenda was ‘Women at the Top’, in whose panel of speakers the youngest was precisely a Portuguese woman: Cristina Fonseca. This Tech Entrepreneur, founder of Talkdesk and a professional entrepreneur, gathered the admiration of the participants with the sharing of her experience and professional career.

Also very interesting, as always, was to know the latest European judicial decisions and related pending cases, presented by the recognized professional Michael Rubenstein. Issues such as working hours, transfer of workers, insolvency and their impact on workers’ rights, collective redundancies, individual redundancies, discrimination, privacy in the workplace, collective rights, fixed-term contract, and maternity were addressed.

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