“Orwell warned us in 1948 in writing 1984 that without a presumption of privacy and freedom of thought, the coming technology of surveillance had the capacity to extinguish most of what it means to be human”. As most people think, Orwell’s vision of what was to come was simply amazing and uncanny.
Two years on from the beginning of the automatic enrolment regime, and The Pensions Regulator has been buoyed by the high level of engagement from employers and employees alike. It has confirmed that, as at the end of September, over 4.7 million workers have been automatically enrolled into a pension scheme, with some 33,000 businesses having met their legal duties to provide access to a compliant pension arrangement.
Last week the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) launched a new licensing regime with the aim of facilitating the lawful use of orphan works. The licensing scheme is implemented under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Licensing of Orphan Works) Regulations 2014 which came into force on 29 October 2014.
In March 2014, Scotland Excel, a body formed by agreement between all 32 local authorities in Scotland, advertised a procurement exercise in relation to the supply of street lighting materials. Street Lighting Supplies & Co was unsuccessful in its tender for the supply of steel and aluminium lighting columns. It raised an action arguing that Scotland Excel had breached its duties under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012. The raising of the action prevented Scotland Excel from concluding contracts with the successful tenderers. The defenders sought an interim order from the Court in order to remove this prohibition.
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