A leap year may mean an extra day, but if you’re still short of time why not let our March news vlog tell you everything you need to know in just a few minutes? In association with Radius Law, the vlog provides a comprehensive and fast update on all the key areas affecting in-house lawyers.
Below is a short summary of the topics covered this month:
Data Security – tune in from 0:22
- New Wi-Fi analytics guidance has been issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to ensure providers are compliant with data protection laws.
- EU-US Privacy Shield replaces the Safe Harbor regime, although it has not yet been formally approved by the European Commission. What should companies do whilst there is still uncertainty?
- The ICO has launched a new self-assessment tool to help small/medium-sized organisations assess their compliance with the Data Protection Act.
- The ICO has issued its draft privacy notices code of practice for consultation. It focuses on best practices for ensuring that individuals providing personal data to companies are provided with clear information about how their data will be used.
Advertising & Marketing – tune in from 4:00
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has issued guidance on how it works and its new partnership with Camden Council’s Trading Standards team.
Employment – tune in from 4:36
- The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 will become law in October. What does this mean for employers?
- Lock v British Gas ruled last year that holiday pay must take account of commission payments. This was appealed by British Gas to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) but the appeal has now been dismissed.
- An Upper Tribunal decision in the case of Moorthy v HMRC has ruled that injury to feelings payments made in connection with the termination of employment are taxable, although the first £30k can still be paid tax-free.
- In Barbulescu v Romania, an employee was dismissed for using his employer’s internet for personal use during work hours. The European Court of Human Rights has determined that the employer’s interception of emails to obtain evidence was proportionate. Does this give false comfort to employers wishing to intercept their employees’ messages?
Intellectual Property – tune in from 8:18
Nestlé has failed in its attempt to trademark the shape of KitKats. The High Court ruled that the shape mark failed the test for distinctiveness. A similar decision has been reached in London Taxi Company (LTC) v Frazer-Nash where the court stated that LTC’s shape marks should not have been registered as they lacked the required level of distinctiveness.
Consumer – tune in from 9:40
The Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform had a delayed start but was finally implemented on 15th February. What does it mean for consumers and traders?
Competition – tune in from 10:46
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published its report on the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s performance. The report highlights that the CMA needs to increase its “flow of successful enforcement cases”.
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