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European Court of Justice Invalidates European Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision

October 6, 2015

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its much-anticipated decision in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, Case C-362/14. The case considered the viability of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, which has been applied to permit U.S. companies to transfer personal data regarding their employees and customers from the European Union (EU) to the United States in compliance with EU data protection requirements. The ECJ invalidated the European Commission’s earlier decision holding that the Safe Harbor principles provide adequate protection for personal data transferred from the EU to the United States.

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Supreme Court Forges New “Significant Burden” Interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

3/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States settled a controversy surrounding an employer’s policy that provided light-duty work for certain employees (including some disabled employees) but not for pregnant workers. The case was brought by a worker who tried to show—through indirect evidence—that the policy resulted in the disparate treatment of pregnant workers.