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  • Seven million reasons not to cheat on competition

    Date:
    11 June 2019

    For many, the notion of a cartel may conjure up images of Columbian drug barons, but UK businesses need to be aware of how a cartel can be established. HR, explains Lucy Robbins, can play a valuable role in tackling them.

  • Draft EU employment legislation state of play, June 2019

    Date:
    6 June 2019

    This article lists all significant items of employment-related draft EU legislation that are currently in the legislative pipeline, or due to be proposed in the near future. It also shows proposals that have been adopted in the past six months.

  • GDPR: Managing privacy is now key to mergers and acquisitions

    Date:
    24 May 2019

    This weekend marks a year since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation. Tim Bird examines how worrying gaps in data protection could be hampering the growth of many promising businesses.

  • How to use anti-discrimination policies more successfully

    Date:
    21 May 2019

    Tolerance of discrimination at work is arguably at an all-time low. But if employers want to escape vicarious liability for the discriminatory acts of their employees, they need to do more than just have policies in place, argues Shoshana Bacall.

  • How to navigate managers regime, GDPR and criminal records checks

    Date:
    10 May 2019

    There are major data privacy implications of criminal records checks made necessary by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, an issue that will affect about 50,000 firms in the financial services sector from 9 December 2019 onwards. Solicitors David Palmer and David Lorimer examine how compliance and HR teams can help meet businesses' obligations under both the GDPR and SMCR.

  • Turning up the heat on employees who tweet

    Date:
    10 May 2019

    In the aftermath of Danny Baker's sacking from the BBC this week for tweeting what he later described was an "idiotic" joke about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new-born son, Kirsty Cooke investigates how employers should handle their employees' use of social media.

  • Sex discrimination: Should employers that enhance maternity pay also enhance shared parental pay?

    Date:
    7 May 2019

    The Court of Appeal has heard the appeals in Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police v Hextall and Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali, which considered whether or not it is discriminatory against men for employers to enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay. We summarise what stage the cases have reached, explain their implications, and highlight some employers that have recently enhanced family-friendly leave.

  • Morrisons data leak: implications for employers

    Date:
    2 May 2019

    As Morrisons is granted permission to appeal its vicarious liability case, where a rogue employee leaked its employees' personal data, James Castro-Edwards examines the impact it has in light of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Draft EU employment legislation state of play, May 2019

    Date:
    1 May 2019

    This article lists all significant items of employment-related draft EU legislation that are currently in the legislative pipeline, or due to be proposed in the near future. It also shows proposals that have been adopted in the past six months.

  • Can employers carry out covert surveillance on staff?

    Date:
    29 April 2019

    Even if an employer is confident that theft or other offences are taking place in the workplace there are plenty of factors to consider before surveillance cameras are installed, writes Louise Lawrence, looking at how UK law ties in with European law.

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