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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Working Parents In The UK: A Flexible Future

We are a step closer to the greatly anticipated system of shared parental leave within the UK as a result of the Government’s recent response to its consultation on Modern Workplaces.  The proposals announced by Nick Clegg on 13 November 2012 will give working parents greater flexibility to decide the way in which their children are cared for. 

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ICO Targets Financial Sector for Data Breach

So far the majority of fines from the ICO under its increased powers have been issued to public sector organisations, following significant data security breaches. However the tide looks to be turning - a fine of £50,000 has just been issued by the ICO to Prudential for not keeping customer records accurate. This is the first time that the ICO has issued a significant fine just for inaccurate data, rather than data loss.

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Too Many Cooks?

The interplay, and (as is so often the case) the tension, between domestic and European law was brought into sharp focus again last week. And, once again, employment law was at the centre of the debate. By a majority of four to three, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided that the UK’s requirement for employees to have one year’s service (since April 2012 two years’ service) before they can claim unfair dismissal was incompatible with the right of European citizens to free assembly and association.

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