It’s hard to imagine bearded gentlemen slouched at bars in pubs around the country, gently stroking beer bellies, taking much interest, but Eurocrats are soon to insist that they are at least informed of the nutritional content of their pints. EU regulations covering the provision of food – including alcohol – information to consumers will kick in from the end of next year, but our experts at law firm DLA Piper advise clients to prepare now. They also warn of confusion around ‘alchopops’ specifically targeted at younger drinkers. Click here for more information.
Staying with retailers, media lawyers at City firm Withers highlight this irony: multi-national corporations can boost their reputations by drawing attention to their own failings. Tesco – normally pilloried by irate inhabitants of bucolic English villages over proposals to build aeroplane-hangar-size superstores – picked up plaudits recently for coming clean over food waste in its own supply chain. ‘Businesses are becoming more canny about the risks posed by reputationally damaging exposes,’ say the lawyers, ‘and are grasping the nettle to react positively.’ Click here for more information.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has caught the secretary of state napping, according to commentators from national law firm Shoosmiths. The recent Woolworths case – more officially known as USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd (in administration); USDAW and anor etc – ‘sent shockwaves’ through in-house legal and personnel departments. It forced employers to calculate all proposed redundancies over a 90-day period nationwide, regardless of the location of each redundancy, when considering whether collective consultation obligations apply. The secretary of state did not participate in that first appeal, but our commentators report that, in a unique decision, the EAT has nudged the department and granted it leave to go to the Court of Appeal. Click here for more information.
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