Mr César Navarro

César Navarro

Lawyer biography

César Navarro specialises in employment and Social Security law, and is an expert in the employment implications of mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, outsourcing, senior management, the modification of working conditions, the negotiation of collective agreements, collective dismissals and defence in legal proceedings before the labour courts. He possess vast professional experience as a lawyer in prestigious firms such as Garrigues, Cuatrecasas or Hogan Lovells. Moreover, he has worked as a professor of diverse masters in Universidad CEU-San Pablo, in ISDE Business School and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Updates

Employment & Benefits

New digital rights: employees' right to privacy in use of digital devices at work
Spain | 16 January 2019

The new Data Protection Act recently entered into force, introducing a number of so-called 'digital rights'. The Spanish legal system already provides a framework regarding the use of digital devices at work and how employers can exercise control over them in view of employees' right to privacy. Although the act has introduced no significant changes in this regard, employees' right to privacy regarding the use of digital devices at work has now been set out in law.

New Data Protection Act introduces digital rights for employees
Spain | 09 January 2019

The new Data Protection Act was recently published in the Official State Gazette, transposing the EU General Data Protection Regulation into Spanish law. In addition, the act has introduced a number of so-called 'digital rights' which directly concern employees, including the right to privacy in the use of technological devices at work and the right to disconnect from work.

Court rules that employee's disciplinary dismissal for taking paid annual leave justified
Spain | 21 November 2018

The Navarre High Court recently held that an employer had been justified in dismissing an employee for taking her paid annual leave on dates that were unauthorised by the employer. Following this judgment, employees who ignore their employer's instructions regarding the period during which paid annual leave can be taken run the significant risk of being dismissed on disciplinary grounds for disobeying their employer's orders and breaching their contractual good faith obligation.

Supreme Court moves towards recognising employees' rights to reduce working hours for childcare purposes
Spain | 26 September 2018

The employment courts recently expanded the scope of the rights and privileges granted to employees who exercise their right to request a reduction of their working hours, including to take care of a child under 12 years old. A recent Supreme Court decision represents another step forward in recognising these rights when employees are dismissed and the dismissal is declared null and void by an employment court.

How to reduce absenteeism
Spain | 18 July 2018

Absenteeism costs Spanish companies approximately €77 billion a year and has become such a pressing issue that the Ministry of Finance has announced measures to combat it in the public sector. Companies must be proactive in implementing measures and controls to reduce absenteeism in order to raise employee awareness of such impact and enable them to avoid the implementation of coercive measures.

Moving towards equal pay for men and women at work
Spain | 25 April 2018

A recent judgment of the Andalusia High Court is the first decision in Spain to expressly declare that women and men are entitled to receive the same salary when performing similar functions and responsibilities, unless the company provides objective grounds, unrelated to gender, to justify the salary inequalities. It is advisable for companies to review their salary policies in order to identify employee remunerations that could be considered discriminatory.

Hidden cameras as evidence for dismissal?
Spain | 21 February 2018

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that the installation of hidden surveillance cameras by a Spanish company without informing its employees infringed Article 8 of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (employees' right to respect for privacy and human dignity). This ruling serves as a reminder that before installing hidden surveillance cameras, companies must analyse all of the applicable circumstances.