Eduardo González Biedma and Luis Sánchez Quiñones, from the Labour Law Department, talked about the implications of the latest IT developments for labour relations. The following piece is a translation of the abstract released by the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Spain on the conference:
'Companies can nowadays reach a pretty much unlimited range of IT resources for monitoring, efficiency and flexibility purposes. We're talking about smartphones, cloud storage, image and audio capture, geolocation, and so on. Thanks to all these resources employers are now provided with a more efficient staff monitoring experience. These developments have however led to a need of setting boundaries, and it was jurisprudence that took care of that duty. Certain boundaries needed to be set in order to preserve privacy, honour, communication's secrecy and even image. A further related milestone regarding this topic was the so-called 'right to unwind', limiting the use of electronic devices in between working hours and holiday periods.'
During the session Eduardo González Biedma and Luis Sánchez Quiñones also went over the current labour legislation, including the latest Court rulings from both European and national courts. They kept a pragmatic approach in their speeches and at the end of the session a time for discussion among the attendees was set.