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Andrea Haiden

Andrea Haiden is Senior Associate in Vienna and has over eight years of legal experience in Employment Law. She has a strong focus on multinational clients of all industrial levels and advises them on all aspects of employment law in domestic and international context alike.
Her fields of expertise concern employment and pension related work in transactional projects, including post-integration work, restructurings, negotiations with employee representative bodies, employment related compliance and litigation matters, cross-border employment and immigration, as well as compensation matters. Andrea Haiden is currently doing her dissertation on transactional aspects of pension schemes at the University of Vienna.

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems can help improve work processes, yet they also carry the risks of liability, penalties, and reputational damage. Companies deploying AI must understand their responsibilities and obligations under the current regulatory frameworks within the EU and the anticipated requirements of the EU AI Act. Particularly for the HR department, it is prudent for HR managers to implement the following basic principles regarding AI.

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems facilitate work, but harbor risks of liability, penalties, and reputational damage. If companies use AI, they are subject to a number of obligations; this is particularly true for the HR department. Thus, we recommend that HR managers insist on implementing the following basic principles when it comes to AI.

On 20 July 2023, the Austrian National Council passed a significant increase in penalties for the violation of business and trade secrets. This was necessary due to a significant increase in secrecy violations.
Business and trade secrets are information of high commercial value. Therefore, business and trade secrets are usually protected by comprehensive confidentiality agreements.

On 1 February 2023, the Austrian National Council passed the so-called Whistleblower Protection Act (HinweisgeberInnenschutzgesetz). This law regulates a set of obligations for companies in relation to whistleblowing, with the setup of an internal “whistle-blowing system” a priority. This new law will come into force shortly — following a formal confirmation by the Federal Council of Austria, which is still pending. The Austrian legislator is finally implementing the requirements of the EU Whistleblower Directive, although with a delay of more than a year.