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  • 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”.

  • The Digital Economy Bill receives Royal Assent: data protection impacts for marketers

    12 May 2017

    Just when we thought the GDPR and Brexit were giving us enough of a challenge in relation to changes in data protection legislation, we introduce you to…..The Digital Economy Act 2017 (the Act) which received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017.

  • 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.

  • Home Office emails migrants for information

    01 February 2017

    It has come to our attention that the Home Office is emailing migrants whose leave is due to expire within a few weeks and inviting them to provide the following information:

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Brexit Flowchart

    19 January 2017

    In a major speech on 17 January 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May set out the Government's key negotiating objectives for exiting the European Union. But what Brexit might look like (and how we actually get there) remains far from clear, with considerable uncertainty about what the UK's relationship with the EU will be like afterwards.

  • 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?

  • Brexit means... it's the end of free movement as we know it

    18 January 2017

    As expected, Prime Minister Theresa May today laid out plans for what has come to be known in the press as a “hard Brexit”.

  • Employment law review 2016/2017

    05 January 2017

    An overview of the significant changes to employment law that took effect last year and a look ahead to the major reforms in store for 2017 and beyond.

  • The Trade Union Act 2016 - the year ahead

    04 January 2017

    Although the Trade Union Act 2016 (the “Act”) became law in May last year, further legislation is needed to flesh out some of its reforms and bring them into force. Now that the Government has begun publishing this additional legislation and updating related Codes of Practice, we take a look below at some areas where the impact of the Act’s reforms is likely to become clearer over the year ahead.

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