The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 – New Employment Legislation in the UK

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the SBEEA) received Royal Assent in the UK on 26 March 2015, although most of the employment provisions contained in Part 11 require a commencement order to bring them into force. It is therefore not certain when many of the provisions listed below will have effect.

Restrictions On ICO’s Power to Impose Fines for Cold Calls, Emails and Nuisance Text Messages Relaxed (and Mobile Telecommunication Providers Get Some Extra Exemptions from the Location Data Rules)

From the 6 April this year, the UK regulator the Information Commissioner will be able to issue fines for breaches of the direct marketing provision of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 without having to prove the organisation making the infringing call or sending the text or email knew or ought to have known that such breach would be of a kind likely to cause substantial damage or substantial distress.

Real, Honest Cooperative Action – the Key to Obtaining a Deferred Prosecution Agreement in the UK

Real, Honest Cooperative Action – the Key to Obtaining a Deferred Prosecution Agreement in the UK

In a July 1 speech to the UK Aerospace and Defence Industry Seminar, Ben Morgan of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) discussed his recommendations for how companies seeking Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) should interact with the SFO. His resounding message was cooperation on the part of the company, not just “the impression of cooperation” but real, honest cooperative action.