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Chanel succeeds before the Irish Labour Court

In its ruling published on 3 November 2014, the Irish Labour Court determined that a conversation between a Chanel sales assistant and a manager was not unlawful. Ilena Cappello, a former sales assistant at a Parfums Chanel in a department store in Dublin, Ireland, lodged a complaint in the Irish Equality Tribunal against Parfum Chanel, … Continue Reading

London Fashion Week: Model Rights?

As models are flown in from across the globe for London Fashion Week, we take the opportunity to remind businesses of their responsibilities towards models under UK employment law. Last summer, we blogged on the movement gathering momentum both in the UK and further afield to ensure that models’ working conditions provide adequate protection. The … Continue Reading

What every employer in England and Wales needs to know: Looking back at 2013 and forward to 2014

Last year saw the introduction of a plethora of UK employment law changes, many of which were designed to simplify employment law and reduce “red-tape” for employers. Below, we summarise these changes, future changes and the implications for brand businesses.  Changes during 2013 Unfair Dismissal. The compensatory award an Employment Tribunal may order for an … Continue Reading

New York toughens its child labor laws to protect young models

In August we explored the move in New York to extend the protection of certain child labor laws to child models (under the age of 18).  You can read more here.  This week, the bill (S.5486) was signed by Governor Cuomo and has passed into law with significant impact for the fashion industry, particularly in … Continue Reading

Companies flouting National Minimum Wage laws to be publicly named and shamed

Since our blog post on the UK Government’s crackdown on the use of un-paid interns, there have been further developments regarding the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”) scheme. In October 2013, restrictions will be stripped back making it easier for an employer who breaks NMW law to be publicly named and shamed. Under the current scheme, the Pay … Continue Reading

Abercrombie and Fitch under investigation in France over potentially discriminatory recruitment policies

Abercrombie and Fitch – renowned for its attractive shirtless model hosts greeting customers at store entrances – is currently under investigation by the French human rights watchdog (Defenseur des Droits) over claims that it hires employees based solely on their good looks. The watchdog is concerned that Abercrombie’s recruitment methods are based on discriminatory criteria … Continue Reading

Model working conditions? UK retailers sign up to Equity’s 10 point code for the treatment of models

Earlier this week, CovBrands blogged about prospective changes to New York law, which would give increased protection to models under the age of 18. In the UK, young models are protected by regulations that apply to child performers under age 16. The regulations require a special licence to hire a child to participate in any … Continue Reading

New York moves to extend child labor laws to models under 18

As a global fashion center, New York attracts hordes of aspiring young models each year.  Soon, a new law could require designers, advertisers and fashion publications to meet strict requirements if they wish to employ models under the age of 18. Historically, child models have been exempt from the legal protections that New York law … Continue Reading

“Bring your own device to work” – how to embrace the trend without risking your brand

Since Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007, the popularity of smart phones and tablets has sky-rocketed.  These devices, with their sleek design, touch screens and easy access to a myriad of entertainment options, have fast become the preferred method of communication for executives. In recent years, a growing number of companies have allowed employees … Continue Reading

Social media employee policy

Companies are increasingly recognising the benefits of using social media to increase brand recognition and consumer loyalty, thereby boosting sales and profitability.  Many consumers follow brands online for news of product launches and special offers.  One way of maximising a brand’s social media presence is to involve employees.  In the Cosmetics industry, Estée Lauder implemented … Continue Reading

Transparency in the apparel industry: H&M publishes list of suppliers

Times are changing in the apparel industry.  With consumers becoming increasingly aware of how and on what they spend their money and the media focusing on issues like the garment workers’ strike in Bangladesh, it is becoming crucial for companies to understand who is making their products, and the conditions in which they are manufactured. … Continue Reading

Is the future for Bangladeshi apparel workers getting brighter?

Tesco has joined forces with the British government to set up the Apparel Skills Foundation in Dhaka, Bangladesh with the goal to train suppliers, middle managers, and workers in the garment production industry. The Skills Foundation’s center is open to all garment producers in Bangladesh — even those used by Tesco’s competitors.  Current production lines … Continue Reading