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DHSC releases guidance on temporary vaccine exemptions

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Vaccination exemptions

Partner and head of Health & Social Care James Sage explains the latest guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care on vaccine exemptions.

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Royds Withy King advises Savvypro Networks in acquisition by Pagean Media

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Pageant Media, a global business information provider, last week announced the acquisition of Savvy Investor, a leading thought-leadership platform for institutional investors, for an undisclosed sum.

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Call from British Retail Consortium for better protection of retail workers

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According to a recent survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), there has been a 7% rise in incidents of violence and abuse against shop workers compared to the previous year.

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Post-Merger Integration: Culture clashes and how to avoid them to maximise deal value

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Contributing authors: Bharti Moore

post merger integration

The marriage of two companies is an exciting milestone to achieve corporate growth.

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Mandatory vaccination: What the DHSC Guidance DOESN’T tell you

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The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) Guidance on mandatory vaccination provides some useful guidance for providers but leaves a number of key questions unanswered. We consider these below and call on the DHSC to urgently provide further guidance to support providers.

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Data breach litigation – What now for claims management companies?

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Contributing authors: Tom Llewellyn

The High Court has recently handed down judgment in the case of Darren Lee Warren v DSG Retail Limited [2021] EWHC 2168 (QB), a decision that may reduce the growing number of data breach litigation by claims management companies (“CMCs”).

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Deadline looms for filing UK trade marks based on pre-Brexit pending EU applications

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EUTM deadline

At the end of the Brexit transition period [31.12.20] the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) automatically created comparable UK rights for all registered EU trade marks. However, where EU applications were pending on the 1st January 2021, applicants were required to file a separate UK application if they wanted to protect their mark in the UK. Applicants were given a period of nine months to file a UK trade mark application if they wanted to claim any priority filing date from the pending EU application.

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DWP missing payment of IR35

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Contributing authors: Alex Kuklenko

Contractor

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing an £87.9 million tax bill for incorrect determination of the IR35 status of its contractors. This is despite the fact that the DWP used the HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) system to check the status..

The bill concerns missing tax and national insurance contributions owed to HMRC from between 2017 and 2021.

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Employee unfairly dismissed – furlough not considered as an alternative to redundancy

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Contributing authors: Charlotte Kilcar

Redundancy

Prior to March 2020 the term ‘furlough’ was little understood. Over the last 18 months it has become a well known device used to save thousands of employees from losing their jobs.

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ICO fines transgender charity for data breach

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Mermaids, a charity which supports children, young people, and their families in relation to gender non-conformity, has been fined £25,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after personal information relating to 550 people, including children, was available online for almost three years.

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Employers to be made liable in the event they fail to protect their staff from sexual harassment

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Contributing authors: Rachel Levine

Sexual harassment at work

Protection from sexual harassment has been included in the UK’s equalities law for several decades, yet unfortunately harassment in the workplace remains a significant issue. We welcome the government’s recent announcement, via its recently published consultation, that it is looking to widen and increase the protection afforded to people in the workplace against sexual harassment.

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Clock ticking on mandatory vaccination: key steps to take now

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Mandatory vaccine

On 22 July 2021, the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (the “Regulations”) became law, introducing a requirement for all care home staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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