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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

New Laws on Shared Parental Leave “Needed to Close Gender Pay Gap”

Legislation to make shared parental leave compulsory will be needed to help close the gender pay gap, according to a report on the workforce of the future by legal firm Burness Paull.

The Future Chemistry report says the UK Government will need to legislate because businesses are unlikely to act voluntarily to tackle the issue – and without new laws, the so-called ‘pregnancy penalty’ will remain.
 
Morag Hutchison, a partner in the Employment team at Burness Paull, said: “The root cause of the gender pay gap is biology – women take time off work to have children.

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IP And Brexit - Are We On The Cliff Edge Of A Fashion Nightmare?

A report into the implications Brexit may have on the UK’s intellectual property industry paints a bleak picture. 

The authors of the report, the Alliance for Intellectual Property, are a UK-based coalition of 20 organisations with an interest in ensuring intellectual property rights receive the protection they need and deserve.  The report highlights a number of areas in which they say “urgent attention” is required by the Government to avoid certain “cliff edge” risks from occurring.    

The Alliance has taken some encouragement from the fac

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State Aid Post-Brexit

The Government recently provided some much-needed clarity on the UK state aid regime from March 2019 and from 2021 onwards. A letter of 28 March 2018 addressed to the House of Lords EU Committee from the Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility outlines the Government’s current position. The letter confirmed that the current EU rules and regulations on state aid will be maintained in full for the transitional period (until 31 December 2020).

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