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Louise McAloon

GDPR Compliance – Essential steps to prepare your business for 25 May 2018

22 January 2018

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (GDPR), comes into effect on 25 May 2018. The GDPR introduces a single legal framework across the EU for handling personal data. While many of the core principles and obligations remain unchanged under the GDPR, the GDPR does impose new and stringent additional requirements. Read More

Niall McMullan

BBC’s Unlawful Drama Show

09 January 2018

A senior journalist at the BBC has resigned from her post because of the gender pay gap at the Corporation. Carrie Gracie, former BBC China Editor, stepped down from her role last week after accusing the BBC of having a “secretive and illegal” pay culture where female staff receive a lower salary than their male counterparts for carrying out the same role. In an open letter to the BBC, Gracie has alleged that the Corporation is “not living up to its stated values of trust, honesty and accountability” and despite her 30 years of service at the BBC, she did not trust senior management to deal with the problem. Read More

Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn

Employee’s Christian beliefs on same-sex adoption leads to dismissal

06 December 2017

Whilst NI eagerly awaits the arrival of the UK’s highest court to consider the Asher’s ‘gay cake’ case, in the recent English case of Page v NHS Trust Development Authority [2017], an employment tribunal rejected a claim of religious discrimination by a non-executive director who was opposed to same-sex adoption. Read More

Katie Buchanan

Employment Tribunal determines that colour blindness is not a disability

29 November 2017

In the case of Bessell v The Chief Constable of Dorset Police 1400313/2016, an Employment Tribunal in Southampton found that the fact the Claimant, Mr Bessell, suffered from colour blindness did not render him a disabled person within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 does not apply in Northern Ireland. The corresponding legislation in Northern Ireland in relation to disability discrimination is the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. A person satisfies the definition of a disabled person under the legislation if they have “…a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on [their] ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.” Read More

Huw Worthington

How wealthy do you have to be to pay inheritance tax?

21 November 2017

In order to pay Inheritance Tax on death your assets need to be at least £325,000 if you are single or £650,000 jointly if you are in a civil partnership or married. Should you reach the above criteria then your loved ones will have to pay 40 per cent death duties on assets above those levels. Happily the introduction of a new allowance – the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) applies to residential property when it is left to direct descendants. It will result in an additional £100,000 of nil-rate band – the term for the tax free allowance – in 2017-18, rising to an additional £175,000 in 2020-21. Read More

Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn

From Hollywood to the Houses of Parliament; the Worst Kept Secret

14 November 2017

Sexual Harassment allegations surrounding film industry megastars such as Kevin Spacey, Ben Affleck and Harvey Weinstein, show that years of ignorance, secrecy, and cover-ups have been accepted as part of normal life in Hollywood. This trend has recently been reflected within the UK Parliament and may be reflected in workplaces everywhere if appropriate preventative measures are not taken. Read More

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