Despite Brexit, businesses need to start preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published an Overview of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for organisations. The changes anticipated by GDPR are wide-ranging and require a cross-organisational compliance framework that will take time to assess and implement effectively. Organisations which process data within the UK should start their planning now if they …

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Right to work checks: Extended criminal liabilities for employers

Germaine Machin-Cowen and Aaron Lyons, Associates in our Sheffield office, comment: On 12 July 2016, a number of changes under the Immigration Act 2016 will come into force, including extended criminal offences for employers in relation to illegal working. Background All employers in the UK have a duty to prevent illegal working by carrying out …

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Brexit: 10 steps for employers to take now

Following the vote in favour of Brexit on 23 June,  there is uncertainty as to what comes next.  Much will depend on who replaces David Cameron and what the government’s Brexit strategy will be, how and when Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked to trigger the formal exit process, and how the EU …

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EU referendum: UK votes out – what now for employers?

23 June 2016 will go down in history as the date the UK population voted to leave the European Union. Despite the magnitude of this decision, however, its employment law impact will not be felt immediately and employers will have a period of time to collect their thoughts. This is anticipated to be the start …

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Non-compete clauses: Government call for evidence – let us submit a response on your behalf

In April 2016, the Government launched its Innovation Plan, and, as part of this, announced it would be making a call for evidence on the future of employers being able to include non-compete clauses in agreements with workers and employees.  DLA Piper’s Employment group has prepared a survey which focuses on key questions raised by …

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Employers need to review protection of confidential information as new European laws are approved to harmonise the protection of trade secrets

Employers need to be aware that the Trade Secrets Directive (TSD) was approved yesterday by the European Council, marking the end of its legislative journey in Europe. We can now expect to see its swift publication in the Official Journal, with entry into force 20 days later, with the impact that implementing legislation is likely …

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Trade Union Act 2016

  Yesterday the most significant piece of trade union legislation in decades, the Trade Union Act 2016, gained Royal Assent. The Government has had to make a number of concessions in order to get the controversial legislation passed before the end of the parliamentary session. The main changes which will come into effect when the …

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New European data protection rules will have significant impact on employers

Today’s adoption of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) heralds a new dawn in data protection, with far-reaching consequences for employers. For many, there will need to be a wholesale change in culture with a brand new approach to processing personal employee data. It is likely that existing practices will fall far wide …

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Quiz: How equal is your organisation’s pay?

There has never been a better time for employers to audit internal processes on pay. The Government’s consultation on mandatory gender pay gap reporting closed on 11 March, and although the consultation process has highlighted a number of problems with the draft regulations, the reference period for reporting is unlikely to change.   Employers will …

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April changes to employment law

April 2016 will see a number of important developments in employment law take effect. Here is a round-up:   Date What’s new? Relevant legislation 1 April The new National Living Wage (NLW) will apply to workers aged 25 and over at a rate of £7.20 an hour. The NLW is, in effect, a new band …

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