October 2018 employment law news, including the employee data protection in Germany; proposed changes to the Special Danish Stock Option Act; potential increase in social security contributions in Poland; and introduction to pay equality legislation in Canada.


Germany: Employee data protection: Notification of private mobile phone number to employer A Higher Labor Court has decided that the processing of an employee’s private mobile phone number against his will is a serious interference with personal rights and was not justified in the specific case.

Denmark: Proposed changes to the Special Danish Stock Option Act After 15 years of a strict ban on bad leaver and lapse clauses, the Danish Parliament is proposing legislation to lift this ban and allow “international standards” in stock option/warrant schemes.

Poland: Possible substantial increase in social security contributions If approved by the Constitutional Tribunal, a new law, due to come into force on 1 January 2019, will remove the annual limit on the base for the calculation of pension and disability contributions.

Canada: Introduces pay equity legislation On 29 October 2018 the Federal government introduced legislation designed to equalize the earning potential of men and woman, and act to establish a proactive pay equality regime within the federal public and private sectors.

US: New York State issues final anti-sexual harassment guidance Following a public notice and comment period, New York has issued its final guidance regarding the state’s new anti-sexual harassment requirements.