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Employment Partner, Clare Waller takes a look at new legislation aimed at prohibiting “drug driving” and how it may affect employers in the construction industry Parliament will be looking at a bill in the near future which will create a new offence of driving, or being in control of a motor vehicle, with concentrations of controlled drugs in the system. This legislation is similar to the drink driving laws.
On 16th July, Lord Hodgson published his much-anticipated and comprehensive Review of the Charities Act 2006, Trusted and Independent: Giving Charity back to Charities. Ranging over both the effectiveness of the Charities Act 2006 and a wide number of other features of the charity sector’s law and regulation, there are well over 100 recommendations.
Hewitsons law firm has advised a Northamptonshire-based textiles company on an acquisition deal with the Salvation Army worth almost £13 million - the first of its kind in the charitable sector.
Hewitsons has recently provided financial assistance to two charities to enable them to continue their work in the community. Worktree helps young people develop understanding and links with employers, working in the Milton Keynes area.
Under provisions of the Localism Act 2011, which came into force on 1st July, all parish councillors must declare their financial interests, including the interests of their spouse or partner, on a public register.
New laws came into force this month, intended to protect the rights of workers to be members of their employer’s auto-enrolment pension scheme.
Earlier this year the English High Court gave permission for a commercial claim to be served on an individual through his Facebook account, in what is believed to be a first in the UK for a commercial case.
Failing to file Annual Returns and Accounts at Companies House in time could result in serious consequences, including personal liability for directors and potential negligence claims against professionals who do not advise clients appropriately.
ICANN's new gTLD application window recently closed on 30 May 2012. Hundreds of new gTLD strings have been applied for, ranging from protective brand gTLDs (such as .canon .youtube .sony) to generic categories of products and services (.sport .baby .cars etc).