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Whistleblower or Tattletale – Is there a difference?

2020 has become know as the ‘year of the whistleblower’ in certain business circles. During the pandemic we have seen a huge increase in whistleblowing matters. Not really surprising given the rise in issues concerning mental health, health & safety and employment matters generally. So what exactly is whistleblowing? Whistleblowing is one of the claims …

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Til Death Do Us Part – Shares and Succession/Estate Planning

As an owner of shares in a private limited company (especially owner-managed companies), are you one of the many who believe that your shares pass automatically under the terms of your will?  If so, read on.  Here we look briefly at how Shareholder Agreements and Articles of Association can affect what happens to shares after …

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Aldi wins Cuthbert and Colin Caterpillar Cake Contest as legal battle pupates

In the court of marketing, Aldi’s #FreeCuthbert tweets have won hands down against “Marks and Snitches’” IP claims (as Aldi referred to the great M&S). The IP battle relates to the similarities (or not) between the two caterpillar cakes. Go to Aldi and you’ll see many cleverly familiar products. Lurpak? No, it is Norpak?! When Aldi …

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Winds of Change IR35 (Fear Not said We)

From 6 April 2021 some, but not all, private companies will see changes to how the tax rules work when engaging self-employed consultants or contractors. The rules apply where the contractors are hired through their own  personal services company (intermediary). The responsibility for deducting income tax and national insurance will shift to the hiring company, …

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5 practical tips from recent GDPR data audits to think about…

Remove autofill on email to stop personal data going to wrong email addresses Don’t use personal phones for work. This ensures that the personal data of business contacts stays within the organisation’s control. Work mobiles should be password protected. Cleaners should not be able to see or access personal data on your premises (so clean …

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Organisations using or providing Cloud services must amend their Contracts

The new data protection laws which come into effect on 25 May 2018 require new terms in contracts between organisations and cloud based suppliers. Organisations affected include those which use cloud-based software to process their employee data,  outsourced IT services, practice management systems or similar. Indeed any relationship where a third party processes personal data …

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Charity worker fined for sending work home in breach of data protection laws

Robert Morrisey, a charity worker sent spreadsheets with sensitive personal data to his personal email address without the knowledge of his employer the Rochdale Connections Trust. The personal data included full names, dates of birth, telephone numbers and medical information. Mr. Morrisey admitted unlawfully obtaining personal data in breach of Section 55 of the Data …

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The new Criminal Finance Act 2017

The Act makes organisations criminally responsible for failing to prevent tax evasion amongst employees and those carrying out services on their behalf. There is a defence if you have in place “reasonable prevention procedures.” Government’s recommended action to take: Risk assessment Asses Proportionality of risk-based prevention procedures Top level commitment Due diligence Communication (including training) …

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Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fines Talk Talk £100,000 for failing to hold customer data securely

Talk Talk contracted Wipro Limited (Wipro) to help with customer complaints and network coverage. Talk Talk gave Wipro access to its customer base. The data was misused by 3 Wipro employees. This was uncovered following an investigation into scam calls to Talk Talk’s customers. Although no actual link was established between the unauthorised access and …

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