The Shared Parental Leave Regulations are now in force. Parents of children who are due to be born or adopted on or after 5 April 2015 will be entitled to 50 weeks of shared leave, and have the opportunity to request leave either simultaneously or consecutively, in continuous or discontinuous blocks.
Whilst there is legislation which is relevant to the use of social media by employees in the UK, there is no legislation which specifically governs its use.
On 17 October 2014, in Cartier International AG and Others v BskyB and Others, Arnold J ordered the five major UK ISPs to block a number of websites that were advertising and selling counterfeit goods and on Monday he handed down his judgment on the form of the Order.
In a landmark decision, a judge of the High Court of Justice, England and Wales has ruled that internet service providers (ISPs) in the United Kingdom may be ordered to take all reasonable steps to prevent or restrict access to websites selling counterfeit goods.
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.
With school holidays just around the corner, thoughts of UK employees are now turning to their summer holidays. Given the far-reaching implications of the recent case of Lock v British Gas, employers with employees on commission arrangements need to take special care when paying employees during annual leave.
In April, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘Court’) declared Directive 2006/24/EC on the Retention of Data to be invalid, creating uncertainty for telecommunications operators across the region. In a controversial move by the UK Government, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (‘Act’) has been passed using emergency procedures.
Anything designed to reduce the burden of regulation on employers must be a good idea, right? Well, not necessarily, no, and certainly not the proposed Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill, a legislative proposal defective from conception to execution in almost every way it is possible to imagine.
The UK Government has released a long awaited consultation document proposing new controls on IT suppliers’ dealings with customers facing insolvency.