Issue 67

Governance: Consumer Rights Bill – Royal Assent

Commercial: TSI guidance on Consumer Rights Act 2015

Employment: Associative and indirect discrimination; TUPE – service provision change where more than one client; BIS regulatory review commitments; Draft Prescribed Persons (Report on Disclosures of Information) Regulations 2015; Shared parental leave guidance from Acas

Procurement: New Crown Commercial Service procurement guidance

FAQ: Commercial: How should we use defined terms in a document?

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How should we use defined terms in a document?

A significant element of the work of the service involves the review of contracts and other documents. Often, defined terms are employed – typically to avoid the repetition of words that are used frequently or to describe a complicated concept – although not always with consistency or precision. We offer the following suggested guidelines, which may be of assistance to those drafting and revising documents, such as agreements, policies and formal reports.

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New Crown Commercial Service procurement guidance

As mentioned in issue 66 of this newsletter, the Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service have published subject specific guidance to support the enactment of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) which entered into force on 26 February 2015, and implement the Public Sector Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU.

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Shared parental leave guidance from Acas

As reported in issues 58 and 64 of this newsletter, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) are available to qualifying parents whose baby is due, or whose adoptive child is matched or placed for adoption, on or after 5 April 2015. Maternity leave and adoption leave remain in force and can be taken instead of, or in addition to, SPL. There are also new provisions meaning that surrogate parents may be entitled to shared parental leave.

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Draft Prescribed Persons (Report on Disclosures of Information) Regulations 2015

At the beginning of August 2014, the government launched a consultation seeking views β€˜on the practical implication of a legal power contained in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill to require certain prescribed persons to report annually on public interest disclosures (whistleblowing disclosures) that they receive.’ The legal power proposed was designed to counteract the lack of a legal obligation on the part of prescribed persons to take action when they receive a disclosure.

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