The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published its first ‘Summary of Regulatory Review Commitments’ in March this year. This is as a result of the change in 2011 requiring any legislation that regulates business and civil society organisations to include a review clause, ‘except where the effect is deregulatory or the costs to business are less than or equal to £1 million in any given year.’
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the references to ‘a client’ in the definition of service provision change contained in section 3(1)(b) of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) covers clients in the plural or only a single client.
On 12 March 2015, the Advocate General delivered an opinion on ‘discrimination by association’ in the context of indirect discrimination, following a referral for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice from a Bulgarian authority.
On 30 March 2015, the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) issued four guidance documents on the implementation of the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015.
The Consumer Rights Bill has received Royal Assent and is now the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the Act). Most of its provisions are expected to come into force on 1 October 2015. Although mainly consolidating existing consumer protection legislation, the Act also gives consumers new rights in respect of faulty or not as described goods, services and digital content.