September 2013 Archive

Changes to the Disclosure of Information Regulations

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The Department for Work and Pensions ("DWP") has been consulting on the draft of The Occupational and Personal Pensions (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2013 ("the Disclosure Regs"). DWP has now published its response to the consultation, and its final proposals. More …

Grievance appeal failure could be breach of trust and confidence

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") has ruled in Blackburn v Aldi Stores Ltd that an employer's failure to adhere to a grievance procedure may amount to or contribute to a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence entitling an employee to resign and bring a claim for constructive unfair dismissal. More …

Are the intended mothers of surrogate babies entitled to maternity leave?

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Two separate cases involving the rights of the intended mothers of surrogate babies (one from the UK and one from Ireland) have been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), resulting in preliminary opinions by two different 'Advocates-General' coming to different conclusions. More …

Squatting on privately-owned land: are human rights engaged?

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In this case the Court had to determine whether the right to a home and family life, under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950, should apply in eviction proceedings against occupiers of the ‘Grow Heathrow’ site on land earmarked for the third runway at Heathrow. More …

Charity Commission implements actions set out in response to Public Accounts Committee

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We consider the actions taken by the Charity Commission to implement recommendations set out by the Public Accounts Committee. More …

Charity Commission: statutory inquiries

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Elizabeth Davis looks at the statutory inquiries for the Africa Relief Trust, the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain and the Christ Embassy. More …

Charity Commission publishes inquiry into Higher Education College

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Earlier this year the Charity Commission published a report of its statutory inquiry into AA Hamilton College Limited. More …

Consultation requirements for dismissal of fixed-term workers clarified and TUPE update

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An employer who is proposing to dismiss 20 or more employees over a 90 day period is under an obligation to carry out collective consultation with their staff or trade unions. More …

Promoting tax compliance through procurement

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On 25 July 2013, the Cabinet Office published a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) providing guidance on the policy which has been in effect since 1 April 2013. More …

New Procurement Strategy for the NHS, England

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Under the banner "Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care: A Procurement Development Programme for the NHS", the Department of Health has launched a new procurement strategy for the NHS. More …