In Breyer v Bundesrepublik Deutschland Case C-582/14 (12 May 2016), the Advocate General delivered an opinion in response to a referral from the German Federal Court of Justice. The Advocate General found that an internet protocol (IP) address can be personal data for the purposes of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.
On 18 March 2016, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published guidance on the apprenticeship levy, which is due to be introduced in April 2017. On 21 April 2016, the guidance was updated to reflect an amendment to provisions in the Finance Bill 2016. The levy applies to the whole of the UK but, as education and training is a devolved function, this guidance from BIS specifically addresses the position in England.
On 20 May 2016, the Cabinet Office published the implementation plan for the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016, which sets out a provisional timetable for the provisions of the Act to come into force.
'Public bodies are excluded from the scope of ESOS. However public body status in the HEI sector does not universally apply. This reflects different funding levels from public and private sources. ESOS has been implemented on the basis that it applies to HEIs that self-declare as private sector and are sufficiently large to trigger ESOS qualification.’
In the case of Harron v Chief Constable of Dorset Police, an employment tribunal had to decide whether a police employee’s ‘profound belief in the proper and efficient use of public money in the public sector’ is a protected characteristic within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, in order to determine whether the employee’s direct and indirect discrimination claims could proceed.