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Is Your Website Legal?

Over the years the internet has made it easier for consumers to buy goods and services online, saving time, money and increasing accessibility with a wider variety of choice. For businesses this sees the opportunity not only to attract more potential customers but also save money from start -up costs and reducing overheads. For most businesses the importance of having an online presence is key to success.

With internet use and e-commerce becoming part of everyday lives, the growth in new websites and online sales show no signs of slowing down. With this however comes increased risk to both consumers and businesses such as the distribution of personal consumer data, bank details, online fraud and the misselling of goods.

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Do part timers have fewer rights?

Many people still believe that part time workers are or can be treated less favourably when it comes to legal rights and benefits compared to full time employees.

There are false beliefs that employers have the right to limit opportunities and benefits of part time employees on the basis they work contractually less hours than full time workers. These include some of the following myths:

  • a part time employee can always be made redundant before a full-time employee:
  • employers can deny a part timer access to family friendly rights, such as the new system of shared parental leave:
  • part timers can be refused training on the grounds they don’t work full-time hours or that it’s not cost effective to train them; and
  • employers can deny part timers the opportunity to apply for other roles, including promotions, on the grounds they don’t work full-time hours and, thus, have less experience in comparison.

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Banks fined £3.7bn for rigging foreign exchange markets

Five of the world's largest banks are to pay fines totalling $5.7bn (£3.6bn) for charges including manipulating the foreign exchange market.

Four of the banks – JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup and RBS – have agreed to plead guilty to US criminal charges.

The fifth, UBS, will plead guilty to rigging benchmark interest rates.

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