Gone are the days when a boss could storm down the corridor, blood vessels bursting and steam fuming from every orifice before barking at an office junior: ‘Smithers – my office now.’ And then behind closed doors proceeding to tear several strips off the beleaguered soul over some perceived inadequacy or fault. Modern employment legislation and corporate procedures require bosses first to discuss matters with Stepford Wife-like human resources executives before initiating performance enhancement mechanisms that fully respect the employee’s dignity at work rights, with a comprehensive psychological analysis conducted of all parties in the immediate and medium-term aftermath. All of which is terrific for employment lawyers. Now they are warning employers that staff are surreptitiously recording fellow colleagues and managers with an eye on entering the conversations as evidence in future employment tribunal claims. Our commentators at law firm Withers point to recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case Punjab National Bank (International) and others v Gosain as giving a boost to staff with recorders hidden in their jacket pockets. Keep an eye peeled for the little red light. Click here for more information.
Some 16 years ago, a man walked into a purveyor of fine information technology products to purchase a laptop computer. He made it clear to the shop assistant that he required a machine with an internal modem, which back in the pre-historic days of the late nineties was quite something. The shop assistant scratched his head, inhaled sharply and muttered: ‘Beats me, guv. I’m still trying to get my head round fax machines.’ Nonetheless, the shop assistant agreed our man could return the laptop if it did not contain that key cutting-edge bit of technology. Long story short – it didn’t, and that’s when the fun began. The punter had bought the laptop with a £50 deposit and the remainder on the never never. On returning the internal-modem-less computer, he wanted to cancel the financing deal. The bank took a different view. Lawyers at law firm Shoosmiths explain how a consumer champion triumphed 16 years later. Click here for more information.
No-one likes an internet pirate. Well, that’s not strictly true – there are plenty of teenagers and others that absolutely adore the pirates, keen as they are to hoover up all manner of music, games and films via intellectual property and copyright-infringing websites. But the EU among other international governmental organisations aren’t big fans of the cyber skull and crossbones mob, and recently the European Court of Justice boosted efforts to rein in the digital parrot lovers. Commentators at law firm Taylor Wessing analyse a recent important ruling for content owners trying to eliminate internet piracy. In its judgment, Europe’s highest court has allowed site-blocking injunctions against internet service providers in a similar decision to an English High Court ruling. Click here for more information.
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