Newsletter Issue 79

Governance: Higher Education and Research Bill; Immigration Act 2016: English language requirement
Procurement: Updated CCS guidance on amendments to contracts; Updates CCS guidance on paying invoices in 30 days
Employment: EAT: Protecting employee’s pay can be reasonable adjustment; Voluntary overtime included in calculation of holiday pay
Intellectual Property: ECJ ruling on hyperlinking to illegally posted copyright works Read Full Article…

Consultation on salary sacrifice for the provision of benefits-in-kind

On 10 August 2016, HMRC published a consultation on benefits-in-kind that attract Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions advantages when provided as part of salary sacrifice arrangements. The government’s intention is to introduce any changes to legislation through the Finance Bill 2017 which would take effect from 6 April 2017. The consultation closes on 19 October 2016.

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Standard term specifying supplier’s law as governing law is unfair for consumers

In the case of Verein für Konsumenteninformation v Amazon EU Sàrl (Case C-191/15), the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) considered a standard term commonly used in consumer contracts to specify that the contract is governed by the law of the supplier’s state of establishment. According to a preliminary ruling delivered by the ECJ, such a provision is unfair, as it gives the consumer the impression that only the law of that state applies and does not inform the consumer that he/she also enjoys the mandatory legal provisions applicable in his/her home state.

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