Amazon Dash button launch may run into problems with EU law, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 5th, 2016 in consumer protection, contracts, EC law, electronic commerce, news, sale of goods by sally

‘Amazon launched its Dash button service in Europe this week, providing users with Wi-Fi connected ‘buttons’ to order products such as toilet paper and washing powder.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd September 2016

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‘Bureaucratic’ gateway blocks access to discrimination advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2016 in legal aid, legal services, news, pregnancy, select committees, sex discrimination by sally

‘The process for obtaining state-funded legal help in discrimination cases is too bureaucratic, practitioners have told the Gazette, after MPs demanded urgent action to end a ‘shocking’ increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2016

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No 10 rules out points-based immigration system for Britain – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in EC law, immigration, news, referendums by sally

‘Downing Street has ruled out a points-based immigration system promised by the official Brexit campaign but insisted Theresa May would put forward a better way of controlling arrivals to the UK.’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2016

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Kenneth Campbell QC: Sand in the Gearbox: Devolution and Brexit – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 5th, 2016 in constitutional law, devolution, EC law, news, Northern Ireland, referendums, Scotland by sally

‘In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum result, political comment from a number of quarters suggested that the Scottish Parliament could vote to block Brexit. For the comprehensive reasons given by Mark Elliott on his blog, that was a triumph of hope over the constitutional competence of the institution. However, that is not to say that the structures of devolution do not have a significant role in the working out of Brexit, and may yet act as a trigger for wider constitutional change. This post will suggest that the place of the devolved institutions has been underplayed in the debate thus far, and seeks to identify some of the issues which will require to be addressed. These include: the operation of the Sewel convention and other steps to take account of the interests of devolved areas, discussions around the place of Scotland in the EU, and some effects on structures in Northern Ireland.’

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Constitutional Law Association, 5th September 2016

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Jail staff lacked compassion for prisoner who took his life, inquest finds – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in inquests, news, prison officers, prisons, suicide by sally

‘An inquest jury has said a prisoner who took his own life was not shown enough compassion by staff at the jail.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2016

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EAT: ‘reasonable adjustments’ can in principle include protected pay – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 5th, 2016 in disabled persons, employment, equality, news, remuneration by sally

‘The duty to make reasonable adjustments (RAs) to enable an employee who is disabled for the purposes of the 2010 Equality Act can in principle include continuing to pay a higher salary when that employee is moved to a lower grade role, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd September 2016

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Seven charts which show how the UK is failing domestic violence victims – The Independent

Posted September 5th, 2016 in benefits, domestic violence, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Research by Women’s Aid has revealed that two-thirds of domestic violence shelters face closure under Government welfare cuts.’

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The Independent, 5th September 2016

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Adoption guidelines need ‘strengthening’ to save lives – BBC News

‘One of the UK’s leading experts in adoption and fostering, John Simmonds, has warned more children like 18-month-old Keegan Downer could die at the hands of their carers if existing guidelines are not strengthened.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2016

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Ameen Jogee cleared of murdering former police officer – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in murder, news, trials by sally

‘A 27-year-old man, Ameen Jogee, has been cleared of murdering a former police officer, Paul Fyfe, in Leicester in June 2011.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2016

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Two-thirds of domestic violence shelters facing closure due to welfare cuts, research suggests – The Independent

Posted September 5th, 2016 in benefits, domestic violence, news by sally

‘Two-thirds of domestic violence shelters in England and Wales are facing closure due to welfare reforms, research has found.’

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The Independent, 5th September 2016

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Consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse ‘has been buried’ – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in child abuse, consultations, news, notification by sally

‘The Home Office has been accused of burying a long-awaited consultation that could recommend that people who work with children should be forced to report concerns of child abuse.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2016

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Child held in police cells for two nights over non-payment of fine – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 5th, 2016 in children, detention, fines, mental health, news, police by sally

‘A 15-year-old boy with mental health problems was held in police cells for two nights over the non-payment of a small fine, in a case that is now being challenged in the courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th September 2016

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Hate crimes prosecutions fall despite rise in reporting – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2016 in hate crime, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Hate crime prosecutions in England and Wales fell by almost 10% last year even though the number of recorded incidents increased, figures have suggested.’

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BBC News, 4th September 2016

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UK courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces, sharia expert says – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in courts, divorce, inquiries, islamic law, marriage, news, women by sally

‘British courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces via a specialised unit set up to protect the rights of Muslim women, a leading expert in sharia law will advise a House of Commons inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2016

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