In Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts  UKEAT/0143/16/DM, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the difficult issue of whether employees who “sleep-in” in order to carry out duties if required are entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for their entire shift or only when they are awake and carrying out their relevant duties.
In the third of our series on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its effects on employers and HR departments, we concentrate on lawful processing under the GDPR and how employers will be affected by the new rules.
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority v Energy Solutions EU Ltd (now called ATK Energy EU Ltd)  UKSC 34
The UK Supreme Court has recently considered an authority’s liability for damages in the case of a breach of public procurement rules and has concluded that a breach must be “sufficiently serious” for damages to be awarded. The Supreme Court also decided that an economic operator need not have raised its damages claim before the contracting authority enters into the contract in question.
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) gives individuals the right to ask for, and be given, any kind of recorded information from public authorities in Scotland. However, public authorities have the right to refuse an information request in certain circumstances, including when the information is exempt under FOISA. An exemption commonly used by public authorities is that of confidential information – as was the case in circumstances surrounding the recent decision of the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC). FOISA provides that information is exempt if it was obtained by a Scottish public authority from another person and its disclosure to the public would constitute a breach of confidence actionable by that person.
Audit Scotland recently released a new report on the lessons that can be learned from public sector ICT projects to support a digital future and the modernisation of public sector services. The report builds on previous Audit Scotland reports including “Managing ICT contracts” and “Managing ICT contracts in central government – An Update”.
Pass the seaweed please. The avocado, mango and spinach breakfast smoothie, with added bee pollen, flax seeds and maca root, just isn’t cutting it.
Make that to go, thanks. No time to hang around, what with an 8am call, then a 10.30 meeting followed by a noon brainstorm, a lunchtime seminar, before a 1.30pm catch-up, 3pm one-to-one, 5.30pm review, 6.30pm networking… and a nervous breakdown.
Earlier this month, the construction company known as Construction Materials Online Limited (CMO) was fined £55,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for breaching the laws on data protection and information security.
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