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Independent Community Pharmacist magazine article - May 2017

Press clipping: Pharmacy and the Law Copyright CIG Ltd.

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU last June and Theresa May’s recent decision to trigger Article 50 will, to put it mildly, create one or two legal issues for the UK, or to put it more accurately, will create the mother of all legal messes.

Most of us are familiar with an employee’s right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing. This right is granted by statute. It is not an unlimited right and extends to a trade union representative or a work colleague only.

However, there are occasions where the employee’s right to be accompanied causes some headaches and difficulties, for example:

Public Procurement Law Update - April 2017

In our look at case law developments, we review the cases receiving attention since our last update in December.

Public Procurement Law Update - April 2017

New Crown Commercial Service guidance has been published regarding the transparency of suppliers and government to the public (February 2017) (PPN 01/17). The new PPN updates and replaces PPN 13/15 and applies to all central government departments, their executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies (‘in-scope organisations’).

Public Procurement Law Update - April 2017

The European Commission has reviewed the performance of the Remedies Directives. The Remedies Directives were brought into effect in 2009 and introduced substantial remedies for breaches of public procurement law. The Commission has concluded that:

It’s been on the radar for some time but today’s the day that the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 come into force. 

This means that if your organisation employed 250 or more as at yesterday’s date, then there is a new obligation to analyse and publish data based on six compulsory calculations that are aimed at exposing gender pay gaps.

Employment Law Update - Special Issue - April 2017

Take a moment to consider these two questions:

Employment Law Update - Special Issue - March 2017

Deregulation: Promise or threat?

These are unique political times. Brexit is likely to mean hard Brexit. A firmly Eurosceptic government is determined to deliver the verdict of the 52%.  Britain will not stay in the single market and it will withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. The official opposition is suffering an existential crisis but warns darkly of the UK becoming a bargain basement tax haven. 

Independent Community Pharmacist magazine article - January 2017

Press clipping: Pharmacy and the Law Copyright CIG Ltd.

According to a 2015 report by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), workplace bullying is on the rise, with about 20,000 calls relating to bullying being made each year to ACAS alone. Regrettably, bullying of staff members by pharmacy owners, managers, supervisors and work colleagues also occurs in community pharmacies.

Hotel, Leisure & Hospitality Update - Special Issue - January 2017

The well-publicised controversy at Byron Burger concerning illegal workers over the summer highlights some of the challenges and risks around immigration for employers. The UK’s immigration landscape is tough, the rules and policies change at an alarming pace, and penalties can be harsh.