In-house news vlog: What to watch out for in 2016

There’s been plenty of Christmas television looking back at the year that was 2015, but what does the year ahead hold now you’re out of the armchair and back in the office? Our January news vlog, in association with Radius Law, gives you a month-by-month guide to the key legal developments affecting in-house lawyers in 2016. Now there is no excuse for not being prepared!

For a full preview of the year ahead, simply watch our vlog. Below is a taster of some of the topics covered that are set to make an impact in 2016:

January – tune in from 0:22

  • Following the decision in late 2015 that declared Safe Harbor invalid, it is understood that Safe Harbor II will arrive by the end of January. Since the abrupt end of Safe Harbor, data protection authorities have been taking a relaxed approach to the enforcement of data protection rules, recognising that some companies transferring data to the US may unwittingly be breaching laws. Attitudes may change with Safe Harbor II – watch this space.
  • Businesses selling online to consumers will be required to include a link to the EU Online Dispute Resolution Platform (ODR Platform).

February – tune in from 1:42

  • New sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences come into force.
  • Sparks & ors v Department for Transport due in the Court of Appeal. The case concerns unilateral changes to employment contracts.

March – tune in from 2:42

  • New whistleblowing regime for some FCA businesses.
  • Large private and voluntary sector employers required to report gender pay gaps.
  • Employment status: Arada v Windle due in the Court of Appeal.
  • IBM UK Holdings Ltd & anor v Dalgleish & ors due in the Court of Appeal – concerns whether IBM breached its duty of good faith to employees by purporting to make various changes to its pension scheme.
  • Moran v Ideal Cleaning Services due in the Court of Appeal – concerns whether the EAT was correct to uphold a tribunal finding relating to the Agency Worker Regulations 2010.

April – tune in from 4:29

  • Minimum wage for workers aged 25+ due to increase by 15%.
  • TBC: repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

June – tune in from 5:03

Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Act (SBEEA) – a number of changes become effective in June 2016, including:

  • The people with significant control register (PSC Register) is to be filed at Companies House from 30th June 2016.
  • Annual Returns will be abolished and replaced by Check & Confirm statements.
  • Private companies will be able to opt (with shareholder approval) to keep certain information on the public register, instead of holding their own statutory registers.
  • The simplification of the statement of capital.
  • The regime relating to the disqualification of directors will be updated and strengthened.

September – tune in from 6:56

  • Modern Slavery Act statements: Large businesses with year-ends of 31st March 2016 will be the first businesses required to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement. They have six months from their year-end so statements will be due this month.
  • Deadline for relevant FCA regulated firms to implement the new whistleblowing requirements.

October – tune in from 7:26

  • Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Act implements, aside from some limited exceptions, the abolition of corporate directors.
  • Dawson Damner v Taylor Wessing hopefully being heard in the Court of Appeal. Can a company refuse a subject access request because of disproportionate effort?
  • Public interest in whistleblowing: Chesterton Global v Nurmohamed due in the Court of Appeal.

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