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Top guide to upcoming Employment law changes

Employment law can be fast moving and in these days of political and economic uncertainty it is more important than ever for HR teams to provide practical advice to business.  A medium to long term strategic HR plan needs to look beyond Brexit and consider what opportunities and challenges might be presented.

Article by: Emma Shipp | Published: 25 April 2019

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The Google GDPR fine – why this case is significant

So, what is the defence – you made the effort, or you have cooperated with the investigation or both, perhaps that’s still not enough if you have the resources and funds to ensure compliance. This case relates to a very large establishment and the fine clearly reflects this.

Article by: Karen Holden | Published: 4 February 2019

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Five key employment law changes organisations need to plan for in 2019

Pay will dominate the 2019 employment law agenda.  In addition to producing a gender pay gap report, companies with more than 250 employees will be required to report on the difference in pay between their chief executive and their average worker.

Article by: Paula Bailey | Published: 13 January 2019

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Royal Opera House appeals “acoustic shock” decision to Court of Appeal

In March 2018 the High Court handed down its decision in Goldscheider v The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation [2018] EWHC 687. The case involved a viola player who had suffered from “acoustic shock” as a result of being placed just a few feet in front of the horn section during a 2012 rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure.

Article by: Michael McCartney | Published: 6 January 2019

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Supermarket vicariously liable for payroll data breach by employee 

The Court of Appeal in WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants has upheld the High Court decision that an employer was vicariously liable for the actions of a rogue employee who disclosed the personal information of 100,000 employees on the internet. 

Article by: Hannah Pryce | Published: 29 October 2018

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DB consultation: what will a stronger Regulator mean for trustees?

The DWP’s proposals are welcomed in terms of their efforts to create a stronger Regulator. Contributor Faith Dickson. The key to success will be to focus on making sure that their powers are clear and that they can be used quickly, to ensure that the new regime operates as intended.

Article by: Faith Dickson | Published: 27 August 2018

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Turkey – Supreme Court Rules that Borrowing Money from Customer is Just Cause for Termination

In Turkey, the Supreme Court recently issued a decision concerning an employee’s dismissal for borrowing money from their employer’s customer. The Supreme Court reversed the first-instance labour court decision and ruled that the termination was lawful based on the fact that the employee had acted against the rule of integrity and honesty and damaged the employer’s reputation.

Article by: Beri̇l Yayla Sapan and Pınar Ece Bişkin | Published: 1 August 2018

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Turkey – New act aims to ease employment law workload for judiciary

The Labour Courts Act No. 7036 (Act) aims to ease the judiciary’s workload and accelerate the judicial process in employment cases. The most significant changes include the following: Mandatory mediation is introduced for both employers and employees prior to initiating lawsuits; There is a new obligation on courts to provide calculations for damages in reinstatement cases; The time period for bringing an employment claim has been reduced, although it still stands at five years. 

Article by: Rıza Gümbüşoğlu and Beri̇l Yayla Sapan | Published: 25 June 2018

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Never underestimate the importance of protecting intellectual property

According to a January 2018 Seyfarth Shaw LLP report titled “2017 Patent Litigation: A Statistical Overview,” the past 5 years have seen a “significant increase” of patent litigation cases filed with the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).

Article by: Merilee Kern | Published: 26 March 2018