ContractAlert - 15 July 2011

Welcome to the July 2011 edition of ContractAlert from SEQ Legal.

Legal developments

Bribery Act 2010 

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. As well as crimes of bribery and receiving a bribe, it is an offence under the Act to fail to prevent bribery. Detailed guidance on the the Act has been published by the Ministry of Justice.  Lavish corporate hospitality could be caught by the Act.

Agency Worker Regulations

The Agency Worker Regulations come into force in the UK on 1 October 2011. They give new legal protections to temporary agency workers. The principle underlying the Regulations is equal treatment: the basic working conditions of temporary agency workers should be at least those that would apply if they had been recruited directly by the business.  Check your agency contracts.

OFT competition law guidance

The OFT has published new guidance on competition law compliance. This is an area that trips up businesses time and time again, in part because the laws are grounded in economic theory, and often seem very unbusinesslike.  Even small businesses can be caught out - e.g. by agreeing resale prices with distributors.

Cookies and consent

On our Web Law Blog, Katharine Byrne considers the effects of the new UK web cookies laws requiring consent for the use of cookies (and refrains from making lame biscuit jokes).  The Information Commissioner has said that the new laws won't be enforced until May 2012.

Online marketplaces

Operators of online marketplaces have been hit this month by the decision in L’Oréal v eBay, which makes it harder for online marketplaces to avoid liability for intellectual property rights infringements by traders. There's detailed coverage of the decision on the IPKat blog: Part 1: background, Part 2: the court's decision and Part 3: reaction.

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