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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.

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that Thamesview Estate Agents (Thamesview) has signed an Undertaking (undated) after one of the company's outlets continued to dispose of papers containing customer personal information in transparent bags that were left on the street. According to ICO head of enforcement Stephen Eckersley, the information on the papers was clearly visible and included passport copies and previous tax payment details.

Published in Records Management

The United Kingdom Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has released Findings Report - The Invisible Workforce: Employment Practices in the Cleaning Sector (August 2014), which reports on the EHRC's examination of "employment practices in the cleaning sector in England, Scotland and Wales".

The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that its review of more than 1,500 financial promotions for consumer credit products has found that some are "still falling short of [the FCA's] rules[,] and firms need to do more to ensure that advertisements do not mislead consumers".

Published in Consumer Protection
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