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  • Reflections on RESI 2017

    Another year and another Property Week Residential Conference at Celtic Manor. As ever, the annual get-together was well attended by many of the organisations engaged in the residential sector and so proved a great opportunity to make new contacts, re-acquaint ourselves with existing contacts and to find out what the market is saying about the sector.

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  • Monitoring employee's email was a breach states the European Court of Human Rights

    The European Court of Human Rights has decided that monitoring an employee's emails was a breach of his right to private life and correspondence.

    Barbulescu v Romania concerned the dismissal of an employee for sending personal emails on work equipment in breach of the employer's policy, and the alleged failure of the Romanian courts to protect his right to respect for his private life and correspondence.

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  • Build to rent consultation closes

    Earlier this year the Government issued a consultation about changes to planning policy affecting the 'Build To Rent' sector'. The consultation received responses from a variety of stakeholders ranging from private individuals to local authorities as well as developers and investors.

    An overwhelming majority of respondents supported the specific recognition of Build To Rent and Affordable Private Rent by means of their inclusion as defined terms into the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which would recognise its benefits at a national level and encourage Local Planning Authorities to consider it when assessing the delivery of housing within their areas.

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  • A new immigration system is expected to be in place in March 2019

    Immigration was one of the key topics during the referendum campaign in June 2016. Concern and confusion have been mounting in the 13 months that have followed the vote in favour of Brexit, not least amongst EU citizens living in the UK but also amongst employers, who face uncertainty about the position with regard to the ending of EU free movement and the knock on effect this will inevitably have on the labour market post Brexit.

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  • The relative worth of BBC talent

    Lorraine Heard, Legal Director, said: "Today's disclosure of the salaries of the BBC top talent list raises two interesting gender pay issues.  Firstly there is a striking imbalance between the number of males and females on the list.  Whilst this calls into question the organisation's approach to gender equality in general it does not, of itself, establish unlawful behaviour


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