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Employment and Industrial Relations

Court Finds Employer Not Responsible for Employee’s Injury

In the case with number 609/2018 TA decided on the 29th of September 2022, the employee was alleging that he had suffered an injury whilst performing his duties as a gardener. The defendant company employing the plaintiff rejected responsibility for this alleged incident. The court commented that in these cases, whilst the employee is considered as the vulnerable party, a causal link needs to exist between the event giving rise to damages and the act or omission of the employer. Under the Maltese legal system, there is no objective responsibility placed upon the employer. It is the employee who must…
Christine Calleja
7th October 2022
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Employment and Industrial Relations

European Commission Proposal on Digital Platform Workers

Platform work entails the use of an online platform, serving as an intermediary between the clients and the workers for the performance of particular services or to carry out particular jobs in return for payment. In this way, division of work into specific jobs is favoured over a long-standing employment relationship. One can distinguish between online labour platforms where the tasks are carried out regardless of the location and can thus be performed remotely, and on-location labour platforms, like the transport of people or food, the latter gaining increasing popularity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Commission while recognising the…
Christine Calleja
25th August 2022
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Employment and Industrial Relations

Court of Appeal Confirms the Enforceability of a Post-termination of Employment Restrictive Clause

In a case decided on the 4th May 2022 (case number 524/14), the Court of Appeal held that a restriction contained in an employment contract which prevented an employee from soliciting or interfering or endeavouring to entice a customer away from the company after termination of employment, for a period of two years, could be enforced by the employer. The First Hall of the Civil Court had decided that since the clause was not restricted to customers with whom the employee had dealings with during his employment, then the clause was null. The Court of Appeal however decided that the…
Christine Calleja
30th June 2022
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Mamo TCV Advocates participate in the International Fraud Group’s Bi-Annual Meeting in London

Dr Michael Psaila and Dr Christine Calleja participated in the International Fraud Group’s bi-annual meeting, which was held in London on the 11th and 12th May 2022. The IFG was established in 1997 by London firm Mischon de Reya with the aim of bringing together law firms that work in fraud investigation and asset recovery and now boasts members from over 50 countries. The network has also recently launched an initiative to identify weaknesses in companies’ supply chains relating to human trafficking and exploitation, in a bid to curb these activities. More information about the IFG’s activities can be accessed…
Christine Calleja
24th May 2022
Employment and Industrial Relations

Right to compensation on termination of a directorship

In a judgment delivered on the 4th of April 2022 (case number 108/2019), the Civil Court, First Hall, was required to delve into issues of company law, employment law and contract. The focal point of this judgment was the Director's Service Agreement entered into by the plaintiff, a natural person, and the defendant companies by which agreement the plaintiff was entrusted with the management of the defendant companies as director, head of the institution and chief financial officer. The issue that arose related to the interpretation of the contractual clauses which provided for the termination of the contractual relationship. The…
Christine Calleja
12th April 2022
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Employment and Industrial Relations

The importance of disciplinary proceedings prior to dismissal

In a decision delivered on the 23rd of March 2022, case number 3833/CC, the Industrial Tribunal emphasised the importance of disciplinary proceedings in termination of employment cases. The employee had been dismissed on the spot following an argument with one of the company's directors. The Tribunal stated that in cases where the accusations against the employee will lead to the termination of employment, the principle of 'audi alteram parte' should always be respected and that thereby the employee should be given an opportunity to defend his position. There may be cases where an immediate dismissal, without there being any proceedings,…
Christine Calleja
24th March 2022