September 2015 Archive

Primary Care in the post Five-Year Forward View World

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The NHS, its financial position, its sustainability and its services, are at the centre of attention and the subject of copious column inches in both the general and specialist press. More …

Big Data and the Law: How to successfully navigate the data minefield

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Simon Stokes, a partner in our commercial team specialising in digital rights law, looks at the big data revolution and why businesses need to focus on their IP and data privacy strategies if they are to take full advantage of the big data revolution. More …

How far can HR be involved in disciplinary hearings?

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The EAT is critical of HR appearing to influence the findings of a manager's disciplinary investigation and decision to give a final written warning. More …

Modern Slavery statements

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Allan Briddock looks at the new requirement for commercial organisations to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement. More …

Employment Tribunal fees – the challenge continues?

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The introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in summer 2013 was controversial from the outset and the lawfulness of the fees regime was challenged almost immediately by UNISON. More …

Assessing and monitoring the employer covenant – the Pension Regulator's new guidance and its implications

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Following on from the new Code of Practice 3 on Funding Defined Benefit Scheme the Pensions Regulator has now issued much more extensive guidance on how to assess and monitor the employer covenant. More …

Government's July 2015 budget: reform of pensions tax relief

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The Chancellor announced yet more tax changes which will impact on the amount of tax relievable pensions savings for "high earners". Here, we've outlined the proposals. More …

Abolition of short service refunds

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The Pensions Act 2014 introduced new requirements for members who leave an occupational (i.e. trust-based) Defined Contribution (DC) scheme with between 30 days and 2 years qualifying service. Under the new provisions, trustees will no longer be able to pay short service refunds to leavers with 30 or more days pensionable service. The change will take effect for members joining DC occupational pension schemes on or after 1 October 2015. More …

The working week – it’s just got longer for some people

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In a significant decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has just held that, for workers who do not have a fixed or habitual place of work, the time spent travelling each day between their homes and the premises of their first and last customer constitutes “working time” within the meaning of the Working Time Directive. More …