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March 2016

Court orders Syrian children to be reunited with family in Britain

On 20th January the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal of England and Wales ordered that three Syrian youths and an accompanying adult should be allowed to join relatives in Britain while their asylum claims are examined.

The four young refugees fled Syria in September 2015 and arrived at Calais in October.  The Court was told that the males had only spent one night in heated accommodation since arriving at the Calais camp.

Immigration & Asylum

Employers can monitor private internet usage in workplace

Ărbulescu v. Romania (Application no. 61496/08) ECtHR

On 12th January the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that companies have the right to monitor their employees’ online private messages. 

The ECtHR made the ruling in a case involving a Romanian engineer whose employment was terminated for using a professional Yahoo Messanger account to send personal emails to his fiancée and brother. 

Employment Law

Scottish Court refuses prisoner’s petition for judicial review

Hands v Scottish Ministers (2016) CSOH 9

The Scottish Court of Sessions has refused permission for a judicial review brought by a convicted murderer against decisions made by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) about his prison conditions and supervision level.

Prisoners' Rights