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Manufactured goods - product marking after 1 January 2021

A conformity mark (or certification mark) on a manufactured product indicates the manufacturer has verified compliance with accepted product standards or regulations.  Businesses need to use a conformity mark when placing certain goods in the UK...

Brexit-proof your Trade Mark & Registered Design portfolio

Readers with IP portfolios are advised to check with us whether Brexit affects the rights afforded to them by their IP registrations. The end of the transition period brings with it some changes as to the scope of protection afforded to holders by their...

What does Brexit mean for my will?

Let’s talk about Brexit. I, for one, did not think I would be happy to talk about ‘Brexit’ for a long time, but then came a global pandemic. Coronavirus (the big ‘C’ word) does not seem to be going away anytime soon, but it...

The effects of Brexit when recruiting & retaining EU workers

The UK will be leaving the European Union on 31 January 2021 and will enter into a period of transition which ends on 31 December 2021. During the transition period, freedom of movement rights continue, but employers have naturally and sensibly been...

Second lockdown & flexible furlough (but not as we know it)

Announced on 31 October 2020, England will enter a second lockdown from 00:01 on 5 November 2020. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-31-october-2020 ...

Can Whats App be used in disciplinary proceedings?

A criminal investigation was being conducted into alleged sexual offences. A detective found messages sent via WhatsApp on a phone belonging to another police officer which included a photograph of a female suspect in a cell. The messages had been sent to...

What do the COVID-19 local alert tiers mean for work?

On 12 October 2020, the Prime Minister announced a three-tier local alert system: medium, high and very high and they came into force on 14 October.  This follows: the introduction of the so-called ‘rule of six’ from 14 September 2020 a...

No signed Furlough Agreement: can an employee make a claim?

During the ongoing Covid pandemic many employees were placed on furlough, paid in accordance with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and paid less than their employment contract provided. Prudent employers, before placing an employee on furlough,...

Changes to how you use personal data from 1 January 2021

If your business or organisation transfers people’s personal data between the UK and the EU/EEA then you need to be aware of potential changes following the end of the Brexit transition period. During the transition period, personal data can flow...

Protecting directors in financial difficulties

Directors of limited companies enjoy the benefit of limited liability. However, directors can incur personal liability because of their acts or omissions carried out when the company enters, what is commonly known as, the ‘Twilight Zone’. This is...
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