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  • It’s not just about Getting(G) Data(D) Protection(P) Ready(R): some digital businesses and infrastructure providers shouldn’t forget to be ‘NIS’

    11 July 2017

    May 2018 is a month which will already be highlighted in the calendars of those responsible for their organisations’ compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s now under a year away. But for some digital businesses and infrastructure providers, when it comes to security risk management and reporting obligations, the GDPR isn’t the whole story.

  • Peering over the Brexit cliff edge: The Government’s plans for EU nationals in the UK

    27 June 2017

    The Government has announced its long overdue plan for the future of EU nationals and their family members, who have been anxiously waiting for clarity since the referendum result a year ago.

  • What are the options for the UK and EU to reach a compromise over free movement and access to the single market?

    23 June 2017

    Theresa May’s ill-fated snap election seems to have transformed the UK’s national zeitgeist, not least in the public narrative over Brexit.

  • What did the Queen’s Speech have to say about employment law?

    22 June 2017

    Employment issues were quite prominent in the Conservative election manifesto, with Theresa May making the bold assertion that she was promising “the greatest expansion in workers’ rights by any Conservative government in history”. In the event, the political reality of minority government and the exigencies of legislating for Brexit have inevitably resulted in a rather more modest reform agenda.

  • What might the election result mean for employment law?

    09 June 2017

    A handful of results remain outstanding at the time of writing, but it seems that the general election is going to end in a hung Parliament with the Conservative Party not having won quite enough seats to have an outright majority.

  • Brexit is coming for your workers, industry by industry

    26 May 2017

    Brexit means Brexit the saying goes. The UK’s divorce from the EU, and subsequently reviewed immigration system, is a key general election issue.

  • EU Commission publishes final report into e-commerce

    25 May 2017

    We reported last year on the European Commission’s preliminary report into the e-commerce sector. The Commission has now released its final report, which will be of particular interest to any businesses involved in online retail or digital content.

  • Election manifestos – what are the main political parties pledging on employment issues?

    25 May 2017

    Employment issues have emerged as a major election battleground, reflecting the aspirations of the Conservatives and Labour - and perhaps to a lesser extent the Liberal Democrats – to be recognised as the ‘workers’ party’. Theresa May has rather boldly claimed to be pledging “the greatest expansion in workers’ rights by any Conservative government in history”.

  • How to divorce the EU, in three uneasy steps

    05 May 2017

    The European Council published its official guidelines for Brexit negotiations on 29 April 2017. Lewis Silkin reported on EU Council President Donald Tusk’s circulation of negotiation guidelines to EU leaders at the end of March 2017, and the newly published guidelines are consistent with the earlier version.

  • General election 2017 - what might the manifestos say about employment law?

    27 April 2017

    Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election caught everyone off guard. The various political parties will be rushing to fill their manifestos with headline-grabbing policies, although these will not necessarily be very well thought through.

  • What does Brexit mean for UK employment law?

    06 April 2017

    The UK has now given formal written notice of its intention to leave the European Union. What are the short and long-term implications of this momentous decision for workplace rights in the UK?

  • Tusk luck, May

    31 March 2017

    EU Council President Donald Tusk has sent negotiation guidelines to European capitals in advance of a summit at the end of April 2017 to determine the agenda for Brexit negotiations. Tusk’s document sets out three sequential stages for the Brexit negotiations, which conflicts with UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal for negotiations regarding withdrawal and trade to be undertaken simultaneously.

  • Brexit and immigration rights and documentation of EEA nationals

    31 March 2017

    This article summarises the rights of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members and the documentation they can obtain to evidence these rights. It looks at residence requirements and points to consider when applying for citizenship.

  • Royal assent paves the way for Brexit

    16 March 2017

    The Queen has this morning signed into law the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill which was passed by MPs and peers on Monday.

  • UK proceeding with UPC (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 4)

    07 February 2017

    The UK government announced that it will proceed with the Unitary Patent and the Unitary Patent Court (“UPC”). This ends months of speculation in the patent community as to what would happen afterthe Brexit vote last June. The UK was a mandatory signatory to the UPC Agreement and there had been concern that the project would stall in light of the UK’s European exit. Only Germany is left to ratify the Agreement and it is expected that the UPC will open in December this year.

  • Free trade and controlling free movement - can the UK and the EU square the circle?

    25 January 2017

    Much is being written about Brexit these days, but what are the possible options for the UK and the EU to reach a compromise on the issue of free movement of people allowing the UK to continue to participate in the European Single Market and the EU Customs Union?

  • Never mind the Government, Parliament fires the Brex Pistol

    25 January 2017

    The Supreme Court has just ruled on one of the most significant British constitutional cases in recent history. An Act of Parliament is needed before Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union can be triggered and the UK leaves the EU.

  • Planning for employment law issues in your HR budget

    19 January 2017

    With the annual budgeting process now underway in many businesses, we have taken a look at the expected employment law developments for the coming year and identified five non-core areas of potential spend/cost that HR directors may want to make allowance for in their 2017/18 budget.

  • What does Brexit mean for UK employment law?

    19 January 2017

    It is now several months since the UK voted to leave the European Union. What are the short and long-term implications of this momentous decision for workplace rights in the UK?

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