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public matters newsletter - January 2015

28 January 2015

A diverse set of articles for this month.

Firstly, Anja Beriro considers the recent European Court of Justice judgement in an Italian procurement case that includes some very useful guidance on what to consider when looking at Part B contracts, cross-border interest and the application of the 2004 Directive. Lynne Rathbone looks at the latest developments in the ongoing fiscal devolution debate. Sarah Hooton examines the impact of recent developments in employment case law on pay and overtime. We finish off by taking a dip in the pool with Neil Walker and the second instalment in a series of articles focusing on local authorities and land collaboration/joint ventures.

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Vicarious liability - when is the role of an Independent Contractor sufficiently “akin to employment”

The beginning of Spring 2020 saw the Supreme Court give judgment in two important cases concerning the principle of vicarious liability.

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Vicarious liability for employers: mere opportunity does not in itself confer liability

On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court gave judgment in WM Morrison Supermarkets v Various Claimants.

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Director duties and Covid-19

Boards across the country are working tirelessly to respond to an ever-evolving situation as quickly as they can - with one eye on trying to protect the business, employees and wider stakeholders and the other on ensuring that they are always acting in the best interests of their shareholders.

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Supreme Court curbs the liability of employers for data breaches committed by their employees

In a judgment that will be welcomed by private and public sector employers throughout the country, the Supreme Court has today upheld the appeal in the Morrisons Supermarkets case about whether vicarious liability may arise for data protection breaches by a rogue employee. Read more here.

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