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PDPC issues additional Advisory Guidelines under the Personal Data Protection Act 2012

October 2014 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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PDPC issues additional Advisory Guidelines under the Personal Data Protection Act 2012

22 Sep 2014

On 11 September 2014, the Personal Data Protection Commission ("PDPC") issued the finalised: 

(a) Advisory Guidelines for the Education Sector;

(b) Advisory Guidelines for the Social Service Sector;

(c) Advisory Guidelines for the Healthcare Sector; and

(d) new chapter on photography, under the Advisory Guidelines on the PDPA for Selected Topics,

which illustrate how the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 ("PDPA") applies to scenarios faced in each sector, as well as in relation to photography-related activities.

This legal update discusses the above finalised advisory guidelines, as well as the PDPC's new educational handbook entitled "A Guide to Notification".

To read the update, please click here.

Amendments to the Companies Act – Impact on Corporate Transactions

October 2014 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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Amendments to the Companies Act - Impact on Corporate Transactions

17 Oct 2014

This update discusses the amendments brought about by the Companies (Amendment) Bill in the following key categories of corporate transactions and the potential issues which stakeholders may face in practice:

(a) the provision of loans and quasi-loans to, and entry into credit transactions with directors, or entities connected with directors;

(b) the provision of financial assistance by a company for the acquisition of its own shares; and

(c) the compulsory acquisition of shares.

To read the update, please click here.

Re-employment of Employees & Constructive Dismissal Claims

October 2014 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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Re-employment of Employees & Constructive Dismissal Claims


17 Oct 2014

This update reports recent developments on employment law and practice in Singapore.

In September 2014, the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Worker recommended that the Government adopt a promotional approach towards raising the re-employment age from 65 to 67 years old, and provide interim incentives to encourage companies to re-employ older workers beyond the age of 65, before such measures are legislatively required. It also recommended that employers provide an outplacement assistance payment to employees aged 65 to 67, if employers are unable to find suitable jobs for them within or outside the company.

Separately, the Singapore Court of Appeal recently issued the decision of Wee Kim San Lawrence Bernard v Robinson & Co (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2014] SGCA 43, discussing the damages that may be claimed on an employee's constructive dismissal.

This case is noteworthy because, apart from upholding the longstanding principle that damages may be awarded for loss of remuneration for the contractual notice period, it indicates that the Singapore courts may also consider damages that are proven to arise from a breach of the implied term of mutual trust and confidence between the employer and the employee.

This serves as an important reminder to employers, when deciding on termination of employee matters, to be mindful of any conduct that could give rise to a breach of the mutual trust and confidence between employers and employees.

To read the update, please click here.

Successful Defense of Property Rights Boosts Confidence In Courts

October 2014 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Goltsblat BLP.

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Law-abiding companies that have operated in Russia for many years sometimes have to defend their rights to land. IKEA's victory against unscrupulous plaintiffs set a new benchmark in court practice for protecting property rights.

Anti-Money Laundering Update - Cyprus

October 2014 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC.

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First uploaded on the International Bar Association's Anti-Money Laundering website.

Austria: Extension of the threshold regulation until the year 2016

October 2014 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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The "threshold regulation" adjusting (raising) the sub-thresholds of the Austrian Procurement Act ("BVergG") will be extended once again, namely for two more years. This plan was disclosed in the press briefing issued in conjunction with the retreat held by the members of Austria's federal government on September 27th and 28th this year. Thus, contracting authorities will continue to be able to benefit from substantial procedural simplifications when awarding contracts below the threshold in 2015 and 2016 as well. read more...

Serbia: Insolvency Act Amendments adopted

October 2014 - Finance. Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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As of 13 August 2014, the amendments and supplements to the Insolvency Act [Zakon o stečaju] are in force, published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 83/2014 ("New IA"). The New IA shall not be implemented retroactively, and those insolvency proceedings that were ongoing on the day the New IA entered into force will be continued under the previously valid rules. read more...

Hungary: New advertising tax feels like a bucket

October 2014 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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Hungary's new advertising tax, which has been introduced effective as of 15 August 2014, affects not only media companies, online and offline content providers and advertising agencies (media companies), but may also affect regular manufacturing and trading companies active in various industry segments (commercial companies). read more...

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice does not provide a clean bill of health...

October 2014 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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The ECJ has ruled that the so-called "voluntary ex ante transparency notice" under certain circumstances does not preclude review authorities from declaring a contract ineffective if it was awarded without prior publication of a contract notice. Moreover, the ECJ ruled that review authorities must declare a contract ineffective if the contracting authority could not legitimately hold that that the conditions for directly awarding the contract were in fact satisfied (ECJ 11.09.2014, Case C-19/13Fastweb SpA). read more...

Austria / EU: Latest EU Sanctions against Russia

October 2014 - Finance. Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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After introducing the "sectoral sanctions" against Russia on 1 August 2014 (see our Legal Insight of 1 August 2014), the sanctions regime has been tightened further on September 12 as set out in EC Regulation No 960/2014. read more...