BEERG: Oracle EWC Decision a Game Changer

February 23, 2018

A groundbreaking EU decision provides significant guidance on the meaning of so-called Subsidiary Requirements; i.e., the requirements imposed on a company when it fails to reach a European Works Council agreement.  The BEERG Global Labor Newsletter observes that previous interpretations have indicated that management could be blocked from making critical decisions in such instances.  BEERG notes: "This has allowed experts advising on the negotiation and renegotiation of EWC agreements to make creative use of the uncertainty to which this had led."  The decision in a case involving Oracle makes it clear that EWCs do not have “any form of veto or delaying power” on key management decisions in such instances.  Read the full BEERG Global Labor Newsletter here.