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By Darran Brennan The World Economic Forum has defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an element of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and something which will change our world and workplaces. This is similar to the changes envisaged during the previous industrial revolutions (let’s not forget the fears of the Luddites) but what is different now […]

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In the second half of 2015 Vodafone began to review the workflow of its property legal team. The impetus behind the move was to get away from the in-house team’s immersion in every part of the property process, allied to a requirement across the business for greater efficiency, visibility of risk and digitisation. The Vodafone […]

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By Andrew Mills Facebook is set to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). Due of the timing of the breaches, the ICO was unable to levy the fines introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which caps fines at the higher level of 20m […]

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By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­-in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

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From boutiques to global behemoths, entries to this year’s Business Leadership Awards are as diverse as they are high in their excellence. Last week around a dozen of the UK’s leading in-house lawyers spent some of their day debating the merits or otherwise of the entries for this year’s Business Leadership awards. It was quite […]

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On Thursday 25 June, Naomi Owen of No5 Chambers attended an NDPB Lawyers’ Group training day, hosted by Hill Dickinson’s Manchester office. The day was designed to cover some of the issues that non-departmental public bodies may face in their daily operations. Owen’s talk, entitled ‘The Implications of Bear Scotland for NDPBS’ focused on holiday pay, […]

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