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AI, used correctly, can help solve some of our most pressing employment law issues

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 […]

How Vodafone reviewed its legal team’s workflow

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 […]

Facebook: you have a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office

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 […]

30 years on, the role of semi-contentious practitioners is growing

By Gavin Ferguson and Alice Bricogne In this Q&A Advocate Gavin Ferguson and senior associate Alice Bricogne explain how changes in the industry since the trusts boom in the 1980s and early 1990s have led to the blurring of the lines between contentious and non-contentious practitioners…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

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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In brief: Social services reprieve for council

The House of Lords has ruled that councils can take into account resources when allocating social services. Gloucestershire County Council and Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell had appealed an Court of appeal decision that once care was agreed it had to be provided no matter how short of money a council was.

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Shared-based employee benefits have their origins in the US where this form of motivation and reward for employees, both senior executive and company-wide, has been commonplace for some time. There is little doubt that there is now an equal interest in these structures in the UK and also, slowly, in continental Europe. The UK has […]

Isle speaks with more authority

The Isle of Man is not complacent about its reputation as a financial services centre. The private sector, the legislature and the regulatory authorities are all conscious that, to maintain its position in the offshore world, it must continually develop its legislation to enhance its products and services. Recent legislative changes reflect this. A significant […]

Ontario's 'robojustice' plan sparks political controversy

Concerns in Ontario about an ambitious C$100m plan to computerise and re-engineer the province’s entire justice system have been heightened by accusations that the regional government is pursuing a policy of “information control”. Negotiations are under way between the provincial government and a consortium of companies led by IBM to sign a deal to launch […]

Smith Bernal establishes arm in Bermuda

The London-based reporting company Smith Bernal International, which provided the transcription technology for the OJ Simpson trial, has set up an operation in Bermuda. The new arm will provide the same range of reporting services as the company’s offices in London, Hong Kong and Philadelphia. Its chief executive, Graham Smith, said the company chose to […]

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