The insolvency of Scottish Coal Company Ltd (“SCC”) has given rise to two recent Scottish Court of Session cases regarding performance bonds – East Ayrshire Council (“EAC”) v Zurich Plc (24 June 2014) and South Lanarkshire Council (“SLC”) v Coface SA (27 January 2015).
Readers will remember that last year, the CJEU issued a landmark decision that holiday pay must include commission. The matter was then remitted back to the Employment Tribunal in Leicester to determine whether the Working Time Regulations 1998 could be interpreted so as to give effect to EU law.
The pensions industry is gearing up for yet more radical changes to its landscape from 6 April, which is when the remainder of the widely-reported pension flexibility reforms come into force.
In February this year, we issued an update on the high profile copyright case involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell William’s controversial chart-topper “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”.
In November last year, we issued an update stating that section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (Section 56) would “shortly” be coming into force to make it illegal for third parties to obtain and provide certain records as a condition of employment, accommodation or delivery of goods, facilities and / or services.
Immigration is in the headlines again with the newspapers reporting that net migration is at a high of nearly 300,000. Whether or not the continuing political debate around the issue will result in further changes to the immigration rules remains to be seen. In the meantime, we highlight a number of immigration changes that employers need to be aware of:
The Office of National Statistics has found that 1.8 million workers were employed by UK companies using zero hours contracts last summer; with additional data showing that nearly 700,000 employees had zero hours contracts between October-December 2014. This amounts to 2.3% of the UK workforce.
If you don’t know already as from 6th April 2015 The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (“CDM 2007”) will be replaced by The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (“CDM 2015”). These regulations put in place arrangements to manage risks to the health and safety of persons in the carrying out, maintenance, cleaning, use and future alteration of construction works.
It is safe to say that social media has transformed the way modern business is conducted. It has been a catalyst for change in the language and landscape of commerce as the rapid growth of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a myriad of other platforms has turned traditional methods of business communication upside down. Such a drastic digital revolution has brought just as many challenges as opportunities for organisations aware of the risks posed by being too close to the cutting edge, but equally as anxious not to be left behind.