Tuesday 25 October 2022
09:00 | Recent Employment Related Case Law
Dr Edward Mizzi | Senior Associate – Camilleri Preziosi
The session will cover recent decisions spanning over the last 12 months which impact our understanding of how the Courts and Tribunals interpret the law and legal principles that govern the sphere of Labour Law.
10:00 | Data Processing in Employment
Dr Warren Ciatar | Associate – Mamo TCV
The session will handle various issues concerning employment, such as what is the correct legal basis to rely on for the processing of personal data in employment, the lawful monitoring of employees and what data protection rights employees have.
11:00 | Break
11:15 | Occupational Health & Safety
Dr Erika Taliana | Associate – Mamo TCV
With the increase of work-related injuries and illnesses, focus on the employer’s health and safety obligations has reached new heights. The employer’s obligations in the field of occupational health and safety are vast, with consequences in the case of breaches ranging from civil actions for damages to possible criminal prosecution. This seminar will provide a general outline of the most salient obligations of the employer, together with a brief description of the repercussions which could ensue.
12:15 | Close of Session
Friday 28 October 2022
09:00 | Whistleblowing Legislation
Dr Christine Calleja | Senior Associate – Mamo TCV
The EU Whistleblowing Directive was transposed into Maltese law by virtue of The Protection of the Whistleblower (Amendment) Act, and amended the already existing Protection of the Whistleblower Act, Chapter 527 of the Laws of Malta. By virtue of the new law, which came into force on the 24th December 2021, both public and private sector employers are now obliged to set up internal procedures for reporting breaches of EU law and any other legal obligation.
This session will:
- Set out the new obligations in terms of the Protection of the Whistleblower Act and how these impact employers;
- Help identify who can be a whistleblower and the facilities which should be available for reporting;
- Explain the protection afforded to whistleblowers and the conditions for making a protected disclosure;
10:00 | Employee Benefits and Changes Introduced by the New Work Life Balance Directive
Dr Paul Gonzi | Partner – Fenech & Fenech Advocates
The Work-life Balance Directive, aims to improve families’ access to family leave and flexible work arrangements. This session will delve into the changes implemented into Maltese law by means of transposition of the Directive.
11:00 | Break
11:15 | Discrimination in Employment
Dr Lara Pace | Associate – Ganado Advocates
An individual’s characteristics may influence their treatment and how they advance within the workplace and for this reason, some identity indicators are typically protected by law. In this part of the seminar we will take a look at the concept of non-discrimination at the workplace from recruitment to termination. We will also discuss the concept of fairness and equal treatment and provide insight on local and foreign case law relating to discrimination issues which may arise at the workplace. As part of this seminar, we will see how Covid-19 has impacted the concept of diversity at the workplace and how employers can improve their diversity and inclusion strategies.
12:15 | Close of Conference
Dr Edward Mizzi main focus is on employment law however he also deals with matters involving dispute resolution and litigation, corporate and commercial law, and real estate and construction. Edward joined the firm as a Trainee in the later part of 2013. That same year he graduated as Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta. In 2014 Edward was appointed as Junior Associate, forming part of the Regulatory, EU and Litigation practice group, was promoted to Associate in 2017 and Senior Associate in 2021.
Edward is also a trainer with MISCO and a tutor with Business Leaders Academy where he teaches employment law.
Dr Warren Ciantar graduated as a Doctor of Laws in 2016. Warren joined the firm as a trainee in 2012, during which he garnered experience in various fields, including litigation, civil law, corporate law, data protection and intellectual property law. He joined the firm as an associate in 2016 following a three-month traineeship with the European Parliament in Luxembourg where he worked as a Trainee Translator with DG Trad. He graduated as a Master of Laws in 2018, where he focused on IT law, Electronic Commerce law and Intellectual Property law and submitted his thesis titled ‘The Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on the Maltese Supervisory Authority’. His main areas of practice are in data protection and intellectual property law, while also carrying out work in other sectors including general commercial law.
Dr Erika Taliana graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Malta in 2018. She then graduated with a Master of Advocacy from the University of Malta in 2019 and joined the litigation department at Mamo TCV Advocates in July 2019. Erika was called to the Bar in March 2020. Her main practice areas include civil law, employment law, insurance law and shipping law.
Dr Christine Calleja graduated in 2011 from the University of Malta and has been employed with Mamo TCV Advocates in the firm’s employment law department since then, being involved in contract drafting and reviewing, as well as representing clients in contentious matters in the local courts and tribunals. Both her doctor of laws and master of laws theses focus on employment law, particularly, constructive dismissal and the application of the transfer of undertakings (the Acquired Rights) Directive.
Dr Paul Gonzi is a partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates specialising in Employment Law, Data Protection and TMT Law.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws, Diploma of Notary Public and Doctor of Laws at the University of Malta in 2006 he earned his Master of Laws (LLM) in the subject grouping ‘Computer and Communications Law’ at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.
He has over a decade of hands-on experience advising clients on litigious and non-litigious matters. Paul is also a litigant in various fora, including before the Courts, the Industrial Tribunal, in Arbitration and also before the Appeal Tribunals in matters of employment law, industrial relations, public procurement and telecoms.
In the employment field, Paul has extensive experience advising clients on contractual issues, drafting of policies and procedures, employment conditions, collective bargaining and negotiations with unions and advising on industrial disputes; transfer of business; collective redundancies; transfer of personal data; disputes on recognition of unions; handling disciplinary hearings and grievance procedures; disputes relating to dismissals and termination; handling administrative complaints with the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (‘DIER’); challenging disputes before the Industrial Tribunal, Civil Court and Appeal Court.
Paul also forms part of the International Practice at Fenech & Fenech Advocates and is often involved in transactional work and legal due diligence exercises, advising clients on the applicable legal framework and the rights, obligations and risks arising out of proposed commercial transactions or restructuring; He also advises in commercial disputes handled by the International Practice, such as on matters of public procurement (before the relevant Appeals Board or Court of Appeal) and on general commercial matters.
Dr Lara Pace is an Associate within Ganado Advocates’ employment team, regularly assisting clients on legal and regulatory matters relating to drafting of employment contracts and other legal documentation as well as on issues relating to termination of employment, dismissals, redundancies, discrimination, industrial disputes and litigation connected to such matters. Lara also advises clients on general corporate and company law matters as well as environmental law issues.
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