From this week, prosecutors in the UK from the Serious Fraud Office and the Crown Prosecution Service will be able to consider the possibility of making a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) available to a corporate entity instead of pursuing a criminal prosecution against them in appropriate cases of economic crime (read our full alert Brown Rudnick Alert: New powers for UK enforcement agencies from today).
Every so often a UK Employment Tribunal case is so newsworthy that it is reported beyond legal/HR circles and makes the national press.
2013 was a significant year for the UK regulatory landscape. National and international regulators continued to address the issues identified by the financial crisis in addition to responding to the LIBOR scandal with record-breaking penalties.
The law is not an exact science, and employment law among the least of all. The test supposed to be used by the Employment Tribunals to determine the fairness of a dismissal is whether it falls “within the range of reasonable responses”, so potentially allowing for a whole variety of right answers to the basic question of whether it was appropriate to dismiss in the circumstances.
The UK High Court was forced to re-examine the concept of ‘personal data’ in the recent case of Kelway v The Upper Tribunal, Northumbria Police and the Information Commissioner (2013) EWHC 2575 (Admin).
Your employee is sick a lot, mostly stress and related issues. Keen to respect your statutory obligations if you have any, you repeatedly ask your external Occupational Health provider if this means he is disabled.
The UK’s Daily Telegraph reported last week on the appeal of an Employment Tribunal decision in a claim brought by a black chef who complained about her boss using the word ‘golliwog’ during a conversation about the old Robertson’s Jam label.
On 5 December 2013 the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Autumn Statement for 2013. The environmental measures it contained had largely been announced in the run up to the budget statement, so there were no real surprises on the day.
The trouble with religion, as John Lennon might one day have said, is that it means different things to different people.
A recent survey from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has highlighted that the majority of FTSE 350 firms are not regularly taking cyber risks into account in their decision making.