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On May 27, 2019, Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Party government introduced Bill 2 and approved an Order in Council, making the Employment Standards (Minimum Wage) Amendment Regulation. If passed, Bill 2 will make amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Bill 2 reintroduces a number of provisions that were changed or […]

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its in Policy Statement (PS19/14) on 4 June 2019, outlining new rules for loan based (‘peer-to-peer’) platforms. Why the new rules? The final rules follow on from, and are broadly in line with, the FCA’s proposals in the consultation it launched in July 2018 in CP18/20. The FCA’s aim […]

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Our latest case update includes five significant cases chosen by the Public Law and Regulation team to highlight important principles or procedural points. These include the importance of disclosure to the principle of open justice, the ability of the Scottish Parliament to make provisions for Scots law after Brexit and whether a legitimate expectation can […]

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