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- The UK Parliament website has published an election timetable for the 2015 general election, which confirms that Parliament will be dissolved on 30 March 2015, on which date the period of pre-election purdah will commence.
- The MOJ has published its response to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution’s 2nd Report of Session 2014-15 on the judicial review aspects of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2014-15.
Education and children’s services:
- The Childcare Providers (Information, Advice and Training) Regulations 2014 will come into force on 24 September 2014, and the DfE has published statutory guidance for English local authorities on their duties in relation to the provision of early education and childcare.
- The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 will come into force on 29 September 2014.
- The Children and Young Persons Act 2008 (Relevant Care Functions) (England) Regulations 2014 came into force on 10 September 2014.
- The Court of Appeal has issued guidance about effecting a change in a child’s living arrangements in implacable hostility cases and the test to be applied where it is contemplated that a child will be removed into public care during private children law proceedings (K (Children)).
Employment and pensions:
- The EAT has:
- held that a tribunal erred when finding that an employee was assigned to the organised grouping of employees that transferred to a new contractor on a service provision change (Costain Ltd v Armitage and another);
- overturned a tribunal’s decision that an employee with Asperger’s syndrome, dismissed because of his criminal conviction for covertly recording a colleague in the shower area of shared accommodation, had suffered discrimination arising from disability under the Equality Act 2010 (Hensman v Ministry of Defence);
- considered whether an employer that had implemented a government-imposed pay freeze had acted in breach of contract when it failed to operate a pay progression clause which expressly provided for annual pay reviews (The Equality and Human Rights Commission v Earle); and
- upheld a tribunal’s decision that the costs incurred by a party’s in-house legal team should be referred for a detailed assessment in the county court (Ladak v DRC Locums Ltd).
- The Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has delivered a speech to the TUC Congress in which he indicated that the Labour Party will undertake major reforms of the employment tribunal system, if elected in 2015.
FOI and data protection:
- The Secretary of State has made the Intellectual Property Act 2014 (Commencement No.3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2014. This brings into force most of the remaining provisions of the Intellectual Property Act 2014 with effect from 1 October 2014, including section 20, which inserts a new exemption for research into the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (section 22A).
- The ICO has:
- The Home Office is piloting “right to rent” checksun der the Immigration Act 2014 in certain areas of the West Midlands.
Property and planning:
- The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has considered whether a factory was capable of beneficial occupation whilst substantial refurbishment works were being carried out or whether it should be removed from the rating list (R3 Products Ltd v Salt).
- The Land Registry has amended section 9 of Practice Guide 10: official search of the index map, confirming when the Land Registry may issue a plan illustrating the properties with the results of an official search of the index map.
- The NAO has published a report, Transforming government’s contract management, which sets out the results of its review of government contracts with the private sector.
Regulation and enforcement:
- The HSE has reported to its executive board on the outcome of its consultation on proposed changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.