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The need for data regulation transcends GDPR fatigue

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Whilst many in business are becoming fatigued with the amount of GDPR-related content in their inboxes this fatigue is not replicated amongst individual data subjects. In fact precisely the opposite, individuals are increasingly aware of the value of their personal data and more and more concerned by the growing reports of data misuse. Few people outside the data sharing business had understood the trade in their data or appreciated the personal risk involved.

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The Government’s latest action to fix “the broken housing market”

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The Government has recently published its draft revised National Planning Policy Document and is consulting on it until 10th May. It sees this revised policy as a key step towards achieving its goal of 300,000 new homes being built every year. It seeks to make a number of important changes and a few key ones are highlighted in this article.

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The importance of protecting tenancy deposits – a lesson from soap operas

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Avid followers of Albert Square will have witnessed the tribulations of landlords behaving badly this week. Walford landlord Masood Ahmed errs in dealing properly with tenant Carmel Kazemi’s deposit on termination of her tenancy, even sabotaging her by causing damage to the carpet in an attempt to withhold the funds.

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Infobesity – are you thinking about your social health?

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A balanced diet of information is as key to your length and quality of life as any other factor.

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The Parental Bereavement Bill – here’s why it’s important

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Currently there is no legal requirement for employers in the UK to provide paid leave for grieving parents, but a new bill – currently in parliament – could change that. Here’s what you need to know, and why it’s important.

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When ‘fired’ means ‘fired’

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We often stress the importance of communication and making sure that employees understand where they stand to our clients.
However, when faced with the difficult decision to dismiss, communication between the parties can often be confused and make a difficult situation worse.

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Cross subsidisation in care homes – Government response

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More than half of care home places in the UK are comprised by local authority-funded residents. However, due to many factors, not least the negotiating power of local authorities and the squeeze on their finances, it is thought that local authority fees are provided near to or at cost for care home providers. Therefore, in order to make this a viable financial model, some care home providers will charge self-funding clients more than their local authority equivalents, which is known as “cross-subsidisation”.

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Government announces 7 pillars of social care

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In his first speech since taking responsibility for social care reform at the start of the year, Jeremy Hunt has outlined the 7 key principles that will guide the Government’s thinking ahead of the social care Green Paper which is to be published later in 2018.
In this blog, we examine the principles and what these might look like for social care providers.

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Supreme Court of India grants foreign lawyers ‘fly in and fly out’ licence to practice

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India has long been protective about opening up its legal industry to foreign practitioners. The question of whether foreign law firms or lawyers can practice in India was left in limbo until it was considered in March 2018 by the Supreme Court of India following an appeal by the Bar Council of India of the decision of the Madras High Court in February 2012 and by the ‘Global Indian Lawyers’ organisation of the decision of the High Court in Bombay in December 2009.

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Too much immigration, or skills gap precipice?

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Immigration is a topic making media headlines on a regular basis. It is a key issue for the government to consider and something which affects both businesses and individuals.
Opinions are hugely divided regarding how immigration issues should be addressed, with the opposing Brexit campaigns being a recent and ongoing example of this.

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5 of the most common mistakes employers make with their employment contracts

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When things go wrong between an employer and an employee and the relationship breaks down, the deciding factor can often be; ‘what does the contract say?’

As experts in employment law we see many cases involving poor contracts and see examples where both employers and employees become a victim of a poorly considered contact.

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Business rates: welcome clarity for commercial landlords

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It has been a very active few years with a Valuation Officer arguing all the way to the Supreme Court that a property should not be reassessed for business rates when redevelopment works were being undertaken and preventing occupation, because the property was capable of being put back into the state of repair and occupied position at the material assessment date.

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