United Kingdom: equal pay – retail employees allowed to run comparison with distribution colleagues...

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The UK Supreme Court has confirmed that Asda retail employees (who are nearly all women) can continue their claim for equal pay as compared to Asda's distribution centre employees (who are nearly all men). The fact that they worked exclusively at different sites did not prevent the comparison. The decision removes one potential hurdle for claimants in equal pay litigation.

United Kingdom: UK announces further Myanmar restrictions

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On 25 March 2021, the UK Government announced further measures targeting the Myanmar regime, adding Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Company Ltd (MEHL) to the Global Human Rights...

United Kingdom: Removal from office of Christian magistrate and non-executive director for speaking in...

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In brief In two separate appeals concerning the same individual, the Court of Appeal has held that a Christian magistrate was not victimised when he...

United Kingdom: AI in recruitment – How inclusive is your algorithm?

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The use of algorithmic decision-making in recruitment to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of process is unsurprisingly on the rise.  Put simply this technology can enable companies to review far greater numbers of applications at speed, and, in theory, allow for an unbiased approach to recruitment decision making.  However, as the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set out in its recent guidance on this topic, employers should take a critical and careful approach to when and how this technology is applied. If not applied carefully these tools can serve to actually exacerbate the inequalities that they are aiming to address, and could cause employers to fall foul of the UK’s equality and data protection legislation.

Global: Crypto around the World

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Since the ICO boom in 2017, governments around the world began settling on different approaches to regulating the crypto industry. Many legislatures and regulators...

Global: Bite-size Briefings: Cryptoasset regulation

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This edition of Bite-size Briefings, a series of briefings that take a "bite-size" look at international trends in different jurisdictions, explores the regulation of...

UK targets second Myanmar military conglomerate

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On 1 April 2021, the UK government announced additional measures targeting the Myanmar regime’s economic interests. Further to the 25 March 2021 announcement targeting Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd...

UK publishes new guidance on technology exports – 5 key takeaways for companies using...

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The UK Export Control Joint Unit has published a revised guidance note on exporting military or dual-use technology. This guidance clarifies a number of common queries...

Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement enters into force

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Global Affairs Canada announced that the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement (Canada-UK TCA) entered into force on April 1, 2021 – preserving preferential market...

United Kingdom: Are you ready for this year’s annual share plan reporting?

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In brief Following the end of the UK tax year on April 5, 2021, annual share plan returns may now be filed online with HMRC....
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