Russell Lamb

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Written by Luke Dixon The European Parliament has voted emphatically in support of a report produced by its Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) on the mass surveillance undertaken by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and EU Member States. In doing so, the Parliament has called for the immediate suspension of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor scheme, pending a review of how the scheme is conducted. The scheme allows businesses to self-certify compliance…
Written By Luke Dixon, CIPP/E The UK Information Commissioner (ICO) and Ofcom have published an update on their Joint Action Plan for tackling nuisance calls and messages. They have identified a number of priority areas for 2014, including: (i) ongoing, targeted enforcement action; (ii) improving the tracing and technical assessment of nuisance calls; (iii) working better with Government to ensure effective coordinated action; and (iv) improving consumer information on how to reduce and report…
Written by Rob Collier-Wright From 6 May 2014, prospective claimants will be required to enter into a mandatory four-step “early conciliation” procedure aimed at achieving settlement before they can commence proceedings against their employer in the Employment Tribunal (ET). However, employers should be aware of the provisions even sooner, as transitional provisions mean that the early conciliation scheme will be available to employees on a voluntary basis from 6 April 2014. The four steps set…
Written by Rob Collier-Wright The UK Government has announced plans this month to bring in new legislation increasing the maximum financial penalty for rogue employers who fail to pay their employees the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”). At present, employers who flout their NMW obligations must make good on arrears, as well as incurring a financial penalty of 50% of the total underpayment to all workers to the Secretary of State, to a maximum of £5,000.…