July 2016 Archive

Directors of a company are not liable to confiscation orders for offences committed by their company

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The Court of Appeal has given a significant judgement in a case in which the Environment Agency was seeking confiscation orders against two directors of a company for the company's wrongdoing. More …

Bacciottini v Gotelee and Goldsmith

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The Court of Appeal has recently assessed the applicable measure of damages where the claimants had taken steps to mitigate their loss. More …

Steps for dealing with tricky time off work situations

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Certain absences are more tricky to manage than others. Maxine Williams, Senior Associate, looks at how to handle tricky absences including where an employee goes off sick right before a disciplinary process. Click here to read the full article on CIPD. More …

Pushing the boundaries of the equality legislation to breaking point

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The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination against people who have certain 'protected characteristics', one of which is the protected characteristic of 'religion or belief' – but how far can the definition of 'religion or belief' stretch? Gemma Bailey, Associate in our Employment law team, investigates the types of beliefs that Employment Tribunals have held to be capable of amounting to a religious or philosophical belief under the Act, and what employers need to be aware of. Click here to read the full article. More …

The EU-US Privacy Shield has finally arrived!

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In April, we reported on the status of the EU-US Privacy Shield. Like its predecessor, Safe Harbor, it is designed to be a self-certification mechanism to enable businesses in the US to import data from the European Union in compliance with the EU's data protection rules. More …

Patient data: new Data Protection law on its way

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Organisations in the health and care sector will already be well aware of the importance of data protection. More …

Involving the voluntary and community sector in the health and care system

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Research published on 13 April 2016 says that charities have a “legitimate role” to play in the transformation of the health and care system in the UK. More …

Upholding Professional Standards in NHS Wales

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On 1 September 2015, Upholding Professional Standard in Wales (UPSW) came into force to address concerns about capability, performance and conduct for all doctors and dentists (Practitioners) employed by the Local Health Boards or other NHS organisations in Wales. More …

National Living Wage now in force

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The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) on 1 April 2016 is one of the most significant developments of the year so far and is still proving controversial with many employers. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, 1.3 million workers will be paid the new NLW this year, increasing to 2.9 million workers by 2020. More …

New editions of the JCT Suite of Contracts to be published in 2016

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Rachel Gwilliam, Partner in our Construction teams, summarises the new features and upgrades in JCT contracts. More …