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Last week, the High Court in London ruled in favour of a businessman who had been unsuccessful in his request for Google to remove search results regarding his conviction from 10 years ago of conspiring to intercept communications for which he spent 6 months in jail.

Google says that of the 2.4 million requests they have received since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2014 that “irrelevant” and outdated data should be erased, commonly known as the ‘right to be forgotten’, they have removed links to approximately 800,000 pages.

The hospitality sector has been under fire in recent months as a result of practices which, whilst common in the industry, are criticised as being practices which take advantage of lower paid workers.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has published new guidance on supply chain visibility (April 2018) (PPN 01/18) to coincide with the Cabinet Office’s announcement of a range of initiatives intended to make it easier for SMEs to win government contracts. The initiatives aim to make the process more transparent and accountable. The CCS have also launched a consultation as to whether it would be appropriate to exclude suppliers that cannot demonstrate a fair, effective and responsible approach to payment in their supply chain, this closes at 11:45pm on 5 June 2018.

It is not uncommon to encounter expense sharers or partnerships with either no documentation governing their relationship or alternatively agreements that have not been professionally prepared and may not be fit for purpose.

Before even considering selling the business (which could be either the whole of the business or your individual share) it will be beneficial to formally agree your everyday working arrangements and a clear pathway to retirement or sale.

At a time when the government is trying to persuade more parents to take shared parental leave the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided that there was no direct sex discrimination when an employer did not pay a man on shared parental leave enhanced pay equivalent to the enhanced maternity pay it paid to a woman on maternity leave for the same period.

In his July 2015 budget the then Chancellor, George Osborne, announced that the National Living Wage (the minimum wage rate payable to workers aged 25 and over) would rise by 2020 to £9 per hour, which was expected to be 60% of median earnings. The recent rise to £7.38 with effect from 1 April 2018 still leaves us some way behind that £9 target.

To get close to the former Chancellor’s target of £9 by 2020 will require significant annual increases in 2019 and 2020. Clearly, employers need some understanding of the likely rate increase to enable future financial planning.

The Government has published a White Paper to address the issues of pension deficits resulting from “irresponsible” executives dodging and abusing their pension responsibilities. Theresa May has advised that the paper will impose criminal sanctions of up to 2 years imprisonment on those responsible, if found guilty.

Those of you familiar with the Equality Act 2010 will know that under Schedule 1, paragraph 6 cancer is a “deemed” disability. In practice, this means that cancer is automatically to be treated as a disability and the individual is deemed to have a disability from the point of diagnosis without the need to satisfy the various elements of the statutory test.

On 2nd February 2018 HHJ Luba QC dismissed a county court appeal in the case of Caridon Property Limited –v- Monty Shooltz, holding that a landlord was prohibited from serving a S.21 notice if the tenant had not been provided with a copy of the current gas safety certificate prior to moving into the property.

It’s that time of the year when new statutory pay rates come into force.

As of 6 April 2018 statutory sick pay has risen from £89.35 per week to £92.05 per week.  

The rates for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay increased from £140.98 per week to £145.18 per week with effect from 1 April. On the same date the new rates for the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage came into force.