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Company Fined After Death of Worker at Viaduct

18 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

Scotland's prosecution service the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has announced that SW Global Resourcing has pleaded guilty to "a breach of [the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 c. 37 (UK)] which resulted in the death of an employee at [a water viaduct] in 2010".

The United Kingdom Cabinet Office (CO) and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have jointly announced the release by the CO and national social enterprise organisation Social Enterprise UK of research showing that British consumers are "concerned about where and how they buy products and services".

German federal competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt (BKA) has announced a further €6.2 million in fines against 14 companies and 17 individuals in its cartel proceedings against concrete paving stone manufacturers.

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The United Kingdom Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published Employer guide - time off to accompany a pregnant woman to ante-natal appointments (September 2014), advising that "[f]rom 1 October 2014, ... the partner of a pregnant woman ... will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to attend antenatal appointments with their partner".

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has made available an enforcement notice (27 August 2014) served under the Data Protection Act 1998 c. 29 (UK) to Winchester and Deakin Ltd (trading as Rapid Legal and Scarlet Reclaim) after the direct marketing company was found to have made unsolicited marketing calls to people who had:

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that Racing Post has signed an undertaking (undated) to improve its electronic data security practices following the compromise of 677,335 accounts during a data breach in October 2013.

The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it has fined (27 August 2014) The Royal Bank of Scotland and National Westminster Bank £14,474,600 for "serious failings in their advised mortgage sales business".

Published in Consumer Protection

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that a bank employee responsible for investigating money laundering allegations has been fined after admitting to having read his colleagues' bank accounts.

Mattress Maker Fined for Setting Retailers' Prices

27 Aug 2014
Written by World Watch

German federal competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt (BKA) has announced that it has fined foam manufacturer Recticel Schlafkomfort (Recticel) €8.2 million for "imposing resale price maintenance on retailers selling its products".

Published in Competition

The United Kingdom Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has released the consultation document Zero Hours Employment Contracts - Banning Exclusivity Clauses: Tackling Avoidance (August 2014) for public comment. The consultation relates to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-15 (further information), which proposes, among other things, to ban the use of clauses under which an employer prevents a worker from working for someone else, called exclusivity clauses, in zero hours contracts, which do not guarantee the worker any hours of work.

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