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Sexism in apprentices' pay structure?

Emma Edis

Male apprentices earn on average 8% more than their female colleagues according to the Young Women's Trust. 

Database rights: Technomed v Bluecrest Health Screening

John Warchus

Databases can be protected by database right and/or copyright. A recent spat between the supplier of an internet-based electrocardiogram (ECG) reporting system known as the “ECG Cloud” has led to the conclusion that a simple PDF document relating to the ECG Cloud was protected by both database right and copyright.

Child bereavement allowance gains government support

Katherine Maxwell

Cross-party support has been given to proposed legislation that would automatically give grieving parents two weeks bereavement leave if they lose a child.

The Digital Economy Act: introducing the "New Code"

Edward Whittington

The 27th April 2017 brought the Digital Economy Act, a refreshed version of the previous Digital Economy Act of 2010. As well as updating sentencing for criminal copyright infringement, the most interesting aspect is the so called “New Code”, which replaces the existing electronic communications code found in both the Telecommunications Act 1984 and the Communications Act 2003. 

Should a part-time worker be paid 50% of a full-time salary?

Emma Edis

The Part Time Workers Regulations 2000 state that part-time workers cannot be treated less favourably than their full-time counterparts. In a recent appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) (British Airways v Pinaud), the EAT considered whether a part-time worker working more than 50% of full-time hours, but only paid 50% of a full-time salary was suffering less favourable treatment?

Can you rely on previous incidents during a later disciplinary investigation?

Naomi Greenwood

Any employer knows any dismissal on the grounds of misconduct can only occur after a thorough investigation. It is not unusual for the former employee to claim that the investigation, and therefore their dismissal, was unfair. In turn, this has led to more and more thorough investigations being carried out.

Court of Protection rule on best interests contraceptive patch case

Nicholas Endean

The recent case of The Hospital Trust and Miss V & Others [2017] EWCOP 20 before the Court of Protection highlighted the application of the best interest’s principle in extremely sensitive surroundings.

Largest data breach in recorded history - Yahoo data breach prompts claim for damages

Claire Haverfield

In a consolidated class law suit following the judgment of US District Judge Lucy Koh in the Northern Californian court on 30 August 2017, Yahoo faces court action from over half a billion users of its services.

Are you up-to-date with the rules and requirements of the new Apprenticeship levy?

Naomi Greenwood

In April 2017, the government introduced an apprenticeship levy; a tax on UK employers to support the funding of apprentices. Any private or public company with a total wage bill of more than £3 million is required to put 0.5% of their payroll into the levy. 

Check your IT user policies – are you monitoring staff usage appropriately?

Katherine Maxwell

A recent ruling by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of Barbulescu v Romania will mean employers will have to be very clear with staff if they propose to monitor their internet usage. 

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