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Newssquare Abolishment of Stamp Duties on Residential Lease Agreements

A PECULIARITY OF AUSTRIAN LAW HAS – PARTIALLY - BEEN ABOLISHED

Stamp duties on certain legal transactions were introduced nearly 300 years ago to enable the illiterate to enter into legal agreements. Even after the decrease in illiteracy, these stamp duties have never been abolished.

Newssquare A Happy New Year with the Amendments to the Hungarian Competition Act?

The end of October brought new amendments to the Hungarian Competition Act. Most changes focus on administrative and procedural issues which are less relevant for businesses. Some of the amendments, however, directly affect the day-to-day operation of businesses in Hungary. They take effect as of 1 January 2018.

Newssquare New Data Protection Guidelines on GDPR

Important news in the data privacy field after the Article 29 Working Party Plenary held in October 2017: the drafts of two new guidelines were finalized and a final form of a third one was adopted. The guidelines are aimed at ensuring a harmonized application of the GDPR, after 25 May 2018.

Newssquare Status Update on the E-Privacy Regulation –The Next Key Regulatory Initiative after GDPR

On 10 January 2017, a proposal for a new Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC ("e-Privacy Regulation") was published on the European Commission's website.

Newssquare A new Tax on commercial Real Estate to be introduced in Poland

In early October a draft bill introducing a tax on certain types of commercial real estate was submitted by the Ministry of Finance to Parliament for consideration. This new tax may increase the financial burdens of entrepreneurs operating in the real estate sector in Poland.

Newssquare Class Actions – Who Wants to Go First?

Recently, a Class Action Act was adopted which will take effect as of 21 April 2018. The Act aims at providing for an efficient joint pursuit of rights by injured parties that, until now, were discouraged by lengthy and expensive court proceedings.

Newssquare Drafts of the Personal Data Protection Act

Drafts of the new Polish Personal Data Protection Act ("PDPA Draft") and Provisions Implementing the Personal Data Protection Act (“Amending Act Draft”) were published on 14 September 2017. The Amending Act Draft amends 133 sectoral acts, in this client alert we describe changes to the Labour Law. The drafts are now subject to social consultations. The proposed regulations are to ensure the successful implementation of Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 ("GDPR").

Newssquare Changes in Slovenian Labour Law

This year, changes to three Slovenian labour-law-related acts were proposed, aiming, inter alia, to reduce disguised employment (i.e. performance of services based on a civil law contract instead of entering into an employment relationship for which the basic elements of employment are provided). On the other hand, many initiatives are pointing out that several freelancers choose to work based on civil law contracts because of the nature of their work and a need to maintain flexibility on the market.

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