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Who’s afraid of the big, bad Google?

On 14th May 2015

In a modern day David and Goliath battle, three UK home internet users are challenging the misuse of their private information by the US corporate giant, Google. The individuals decided to bring a claim after they realised that Google had secretly tracked private information about their internet browsing (their Browser-Generated Information (‘BGI’)), without their knowledge or consent…

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Election 2015 – HJA Housing Team’s first reactions

Sophie Bell

Posted by Sophie Bell | Partner
On 13th May 2015

The official government statistics on statutory homelessness, released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), paint a sobering picture of the combined effect of five years of Coalition austerity policies coupled with the rising costs of living. While from 2003 to 2009, there was a consistent and steady decline every year in both the number of households applying for homelessness assistance and the number of households being accepted as homeless and ‘in priority need’ in England, the numbers of ‘acceptances’ and of households in temporary accommodation have increased sharply every year since the Coalition took power in 2010…

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When is a reasonable adjustment reasonable?

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On 7th May 2015

Disability discrimination law means that employers need to be flexible and proactive about making “reasonable adjustments” for employees with disabilities to allow them to do their job. There should be a level playing field between disabled and non-disabled employees so that as far as it is reasonable, steps are taken by employers to remove, reduce or prevent the obstacles a disabled employee could face at work…

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Happy Families

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On 6th May 2015

Those starting a family or making new additions to their family have much to be happy about. Forget needing to take old fashioned maternity and paternity leave…

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