E-newsletter  -  November 2018

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Labor & Employment
Labor law and the challenges of Artificial Intelligence: 3rd part of a trilogy

Emilie Ducorps-Prouvost

Digital technology has already changed working methods. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”), we are just at the beginning of a unparallel transformation that will affect not only the labor and employment market but also working relationships. What does exactly mean AI’s impact on working relationships? When we say working relationships, it implies labor law.

Labor and employment law should be used as a legal tool to steer the obvious changes brought by AI in the workplace. The challenge is thus to identify avenues for adapting our labor and employment legislation in order to anticipate and smooth the transition to the new world.

This article is the third part of a trilogy built around the lifetime of employment contracts: Hiring / performance / termination. It is devoted to the issue of employability of humans in tomorrow’s working world. In order to combat the inevitable fear of machines taking control over humans, humans must already reflect on what are their best assets to remain “employable”, which does not, however, prevent us from building without delay an ethical framework to protect the most vulnerable ones.

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Personal Data
The blockchain facing GDPR

Laure Marolleau

The blockchain is a technology a personal data processing can rely on. Its very specific characteristics raise difficulties for the implementation of the obligations imposed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

On September 24, 2018, the CNIL (The French Data Protection Authority) issued its first analysis and recommendations for those who wish to use the blockchain when they process personal data.

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Corporate Law
The new reform of groups’ tax consolidation system

Emilie Yildiz

For several years, the judgments of the European Court of Justice have constantly challenged certain provisions of the French General Tax Code relating to groups’ tax consolidation system. And for a good reason: The various regimes existing within the European Union restrict the freedom of establishment and none of the reasons given by the Member States to justify such restriction is acceptable to the Advocate General of the Court.

The draft finance bill for 2019 therefore provides for several important measures to bring the French tax consolidation system into line with European Union law on a long-standing basis.

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Experts’ contributions
New Finnish Trademarks Act – What’s Changing?

We are pleased to publish this month a contribution entitled New Finnish Trademarks Act – What’s Changing?, authored by Sakari Salonen and Nina Mikander from the Finnish law firm Castrén & Snellman.

Finnish trademark law will undergo a major reform at the beginning of 2019 when the new Finnish Trademarks Act enters into force. The government proposal for the new Act was introduced to parliament on 18 October 2018.

The new legislation replaces the previous, fairly inconsistent and outdated Trademarks Act from the 1960s, implements the revised Trademark Directive and enforces the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks. The new Act aims to achieve a major shift towards a more coherent and uniform national legal framework in compliance with European Union laws.

The reformed Act introduces numerous substantive and procedural changes.

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