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Celebrity endorsements

Celebrities must make it clear when they are paid to endorse a product on social media, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on 16 August 2016. The CMA will name anyone found to be flouting rules. [18.08]
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Blue Badge scope extended

The scope of the Blue Badge scheme is to be extended to sufferers of "hidden disabilities" such as autism and mental health conditions. A blue badge allows a car carrying a badge holder to park in special places usually nearer to their destination or in reserved parking spaces. The change was announced on 29 July 2018. [18.08]
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Protection of election candidates

On 29 July 2018, the government announced plans to create a new offence of threatening or abusing candidates for public elections. The matter is out for consultation until 22 October 2018. The consultation also seeks views on clarifying the electoral offence of undue influence of voters. Currently, a person is guilty of undue influence if they threaten electors to vote a certain way or stop ...
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Government Counter Fraud Profession

From 9 October 2018 there is a new Government Counter Fraud Profession (GCFP), it was announced on 30 July 2018. This will comprise specialists to counter fraud and economic crime. It will provide counter fraud specialists across government organisations with a common framework of Professional Standards and Competencies. It will also introduce a Professional Skills Platform (PSP), a web-base...
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Full gender gap disclosure

On 1 August 2018, the government announced that all companies required to publish gender pay group data have done so. All employers with 250 or more employees are required to publish data on the pay differences between male and female employees. About 10,000 employers are affected. Of these 80% show that men earn more than women. [18.08]
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Automatic disqualification of charity trustees

From 1 August 2018, new rules provide for the automatic disqualification of charity trustees and others who hold senior positions in charities. New reasons for disqualification include: being in contempt of court being named under anti-terrorism legislation being on the sex offenders register. A person who comes within such scope may apply for waiver. Further guidance can be do...
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Tax interest rates

HMRC has raised the interest rates for late tax following the Bank of England's increase in interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75% on 2 August 2018. The late payment interest rate rises from 3.0% to 3.25% from 21 August 2018. The repayment interest rate remains at 0.5%, which it has been since 29 September 2009. A full list of interest rates for the last 20 years can be downloaded from here. [...
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Organ donation

On 5 August 2018, the government announced a proposed change in the law regarding organ donation in England from spring 2020. At present, organs may be removed from a dead person is they carry a donor card or if the deceased or the family otherwise approve the removal. The change will reverse the presumption so that organs may be removed for transplant unless the deceased has opted out. Orga...
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Trusted lawyers not to be searched by courts

On 9 August 2018, the government announced a scheme whereby lawyers can be provided with a photo ID card that will allow them to enter court premises without being searched. The scheme is to be piloted. In the meantime, lawyers can register with their local court for a similar arrangement. [18.08]  
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Extension of apprenticeship training contracts

Current contracts for training providers for employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy are being extended by 12 months from April 2019 to April 2020, the government announced on 9 August 2018. The original plan was that all employers would be able to use the apprenticeship service to access funding from April 2019. There will now be a more gradual transition to this position, further de...
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