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Guide to zero hours contracts for employers

Tuesday March 31st, 2015

The Institute of Directors has released a guidance on zero hours contracts and the employer responsibilities they entail. The guidance states that There is no specific legal definition of a ‘zero hours contract’, but it is generally used to mean an arrangement under which the employer does not guarantee to provide work – the employee […]

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Commission refers Greece to Court for non-compliance with EU rules in construction sector

The European Commission has taken the decision to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU for non-compliance with EU public procurement rules in the construction sector. Greek legislation establishes a system of compulsory registration for all approved national construction companies, dividing them into classes, each class corresponding to a specific minimum and […]

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Chinook Sciences wins 300 million pound United Arab Emirates deal

A Nottingham technology company has secured a £300m deal to build a thermal energy-from-waste facility in the United Arab Emirates. The work by Chinook Sciences is expected to create about 200 British jobs and secure another 650, Trade Minister Lord Livingston has announced. About half of the new jobs will be in the East Midlands. […]

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Businesses demand cyber expertise from legal teams

A rising level of threats to business, and increasing numbers of regulatory requirements, are combining to ensure in-house General Counsel are no longer focused solely on company legal matters.  Instead, a new report from KPMG reveals that in-house lawyers’ work is dominated by commercial decision making as Boardrooms seek validation of their business and operational […]

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CBI comments on ECJ ruling on FTT

The CBI has commented on a ruling from the European Court of Justice on the introduction of a Financial Transactions Tax. Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director, said: “This decision about legal procedure doesn’t change the fact that the Financial Transactions Tax will damage growth, jobs and investment across Europe. “It will have a far-reaching […]

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NHS SBS outlines appointments to Legal Services Framework

More than 20 law firms across England have been recently appointed to a legal services framework that has been designed to provide best value and greater consistency of service provision for NHS organisations. NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), market leader in business support services for the NHS, has increased through competition the number of […]

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Blacklisting in Scotland – can public bodies turn policy into practice?

On 20 November 2013, the Scottish Government issued a Scottish Procurement Policy Note (“SPPN”) on the exclusion from public contracts of suppliers which engage in blacklisting (the compilation or use of lists of trade union members to exclude such people from employment opportunities). This development is significant for a number of reasons, not the least […]

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Poland referred to court over incorrect implementation of Directive

The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for incorrect implementation of the provisions of Directive 2004/18/EC on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts. The Commission believes that the provisions of the Polish Public Procurement […]

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FOI and public procurement: the disclosure exemption is not the rule

Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation aims to ensure transparency in the use of public funds.  But when it is used to try to obtain sensitive information about tenders, it can jeopardise healthy competition – businesses may be discouraged from dealing with the public sector if they think their confidential information will be disclosed.  It can […]

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When is a contract between two public bodies caught by the procurement rules?

Many authorities were relieved following the decision in Commission v Germany (C-480/06) (the ‘Hamburg waste’ exemption) which confirmed that co-operation between contracting authorities may not always require a public procurement process. A recent case, Piepenbrock Dienstleistungen GmbH & Co KG v Kreis Düren (C-386/11), shows the importance of structuring such arrangements very carefully, as the […]

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