Welcome to the February 2017 issue of Crab Insight
So here we are in February already! This year is flying by and signs of Spring are already showing through.
There have been several important Brexit developments recently, including the Supreme Court's decision on triggering Article 50, the subsequent Commons vote and the publication of the government's European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. You can follow its progress here.
In the health and safety arena a crisp company was fined £330,000. They had failed to implement a formal monitoring system on a machine to ensure that all guards were in place and secure before it was started. An agency worker was clearing a blockage and lost three fingers.
The House of Commons Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee published a joint report, High heels and workplace dress codes, in the wake of a petition calling for it to be illegal for employers to require female staff to wear high heels at work. The government's position is that such a practice is already unlawful.
Meanwhile the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) agreed a settlement with two companies that admitted:
Essentially they broke competition law by agreeing not to compete on price and sharing out which customers they would supply. One company agreed to pay fines of £1,509,000 and £684,000. The other agreed to pay a fine of £688,000.
- market sharing;
- co-ordinating prices;
- bid-rigging; and
- exchanging commercially sensitive information.
The CMA provides a short guide to competition law risk. It gives a basic overview of competition law, explains why compliance is good for business and the sanctions for non-compliance. The guide is here.
Also available is a short summary guide providing advice for company directors on avoiding disqualification for company breach of competition law which is here.
The Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Act 2017 has come into force. Amending the Small Charitable Donations Act 2012 to reform the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme from 6th April 2017.