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What’s the flexible working story?

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Working from home

Wherever your organisation falls in the hybrid / flexible / home working spectrum, it is a truth universally acknowledged by HR professionals that changing working patterns is an issue we all will have to grapple with for many months – and likely years – to come.

We have taken a ‘temperature check’ on what employers are dealing with now and asked 50 HR specialists what the story was in their organisation.

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Mental health in the workplace: the evolving challenge

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Talking mental health

Supporting mental health in the workplace is likely to be one of the key challenges facing employers, HR directors and managers over the next 12 months and beyond.

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B Corps: what’s in the name?

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B Corporation

Certified B Corporations (B Corps) are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

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A detailed review of Lloyd v Google: what does it mean and what next for claims management companies?

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Contributing authors: Fran Tremeer and William Woods

iPhone

The Supreme Court handed down judgment in Lloyd v Google LLC [2021] UKSC 50 on 10 November 2021. This is a seminal decision which provides that damages for alleged data breaches cannot be claimed without proving actual financial loss or distress. The Court also set out the evidence needed to assess compensation where damage had been suffered.

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Institutionalised racism and cricket: a warning to all employers?

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Cricket ball

Those who have been following the news story about Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the instances of racist abuse highlighted by former player and whistle-blower Azeem Rafiq cannot have failed to notice quite how many individuals and entities are currently having to answer charges of racism for what was said and done by them or in their name.

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Budget 2021: the business perspective

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Contributing authors: Charlotte Kilcar

Autumn Budget

The autumn budget announcement at the end of October was an opportunity for employers everywhere to gauge the Government’s assessment of how the economy is coping, what the forecasts are, and how to safeguard against any further turbulence that may be coming down the track in these troublesome times.

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Data breach claims – the Supreme Court has spoken in Lloyd v Google

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Contributing authors: Fran Tremeer

Data protection

The Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of Lloyd v Google LLC on 10 November 2021, finding in favour of Google. This decision will have a significant impact on claims management companies and brings good news for data controllers.

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What parties can expect from the new laws and code to resolve remaining COVID-19 commercial rent debts

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High street London

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Government has published a long awaited press release confirming that new laws, together with an updated code of practice, to resolve remaining COVID-19 commercial rent debts are to be introduced.

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Further restrictions on Commercial Landlords relating to the pandemic

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Commercial property

Throughout the pandemic and as a result of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (“the Act”), there have been certain restrictions imposed on commercial landlords in order to protect their tenants. However, until now these restrictions did not mean that commercial landlords could not pursue rent arrears through debt recovery proceedings in Court.

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I’m an aesthetician – do I need to register with the Care Quality Commission?

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Contributing authors: Mei-Ling Huang

Aesthetician

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (“the Act”), a service provider who carries out a regulated activity must be registered with the CQC. This can mean both individuals and organisations. But what constitutes a regulated activity and why is this important to the cosmetic and aesthetic industry?

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Claim for “trivial” data breach dismissed by High Court

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Contributing authors: Luke Mitchell

Many businesses will have experienced an email being sent to the wrong person, often due to a simple typo. Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018, there has been a wave of opportunistic claimants relying on mishaps such as this to pursue compensation for breach of data protection.

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The CQC State of Care Report 2020/21: Key Findings

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Contributing authors: Mei-Ling Huang

On 22 October 2021, CQC released its report on the state of care for 2020/21 (“the Report”). CQC focuses on the impact of the pandemic but does little analysis of CQC’s own role. The main challenges for adult social care have been identified as reduced occupancy and admissions, increased costs, and recruiting and retaining staff.

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