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Extension of plain pack regs is ongoing concern for print

Packaging has barely been out of the news recently for various – usually plastic-related – reasons, but in the background there is an ongoing campaign for the introduction of more ‘plain packaging’ regulations.

The only way is ethics? God forbid

It is not a common occurrence, and it’s even rarer that it catches the eye of the media, but every so often a high-profile case arises in which a customer is refused a service because it conflicts in some way with the service provider’s religious, political or ethical beliefs.

Fire preparedness is a burning issue

In ancient Greek and Roman tradition, fire was one of the four elements alongside earth, water and air that were used to explain the nature and complexity of matter. But irrespective of how it’s considered, fire, when it strikes, can devastate a business.

Scales of justice are rebalanced in favour of employees

A decision handed down by the Supreme Court at the end of July has changed the employment law landscape. A fees-based regime instituted by the government that was intended to reduce the number of claims brought by employees was ruled unlawful.

Industry responds to tribunals ruling

Celebrated by many as a victory for working people over the elite, a Supreme Court battle brought by public sector union Unison against the government led to the scrapping of tribunal fees in late July.

EU’s new data regs will have to be matched

Come what may with the Brexit negotiations, the UK government is set to implement the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) less than a year from now, on 25 May 2018. GDPR applies to all organisations handling the data of EU citizens, regulating how this data is collected, used and shared.

Prevent web piracy with preparation

Last week’s ransomware attack that forced the NHS to cancel operations and affected organisations as diverse as FedEx, Renault and the Russian interior ministry may have been unprecedented in scale, but it was by no means rare.

Tobacco firms refused plain packaging appeal permission

The UK Supreme Court has refused permission for tobacco firms to appeal against the plain packaging for cigarettes legislation that will come into force next month.

Look out for your friends when they come to visit

Accidents in printing and its related industries are relatively uncommon but when they do happen, the outcome is all too often life-changing or, worse still, fatal.

Budget measures could have longer-term impact on print

With Article 50 set to be triggered imminently, on the face of it perhaps, one of the most glaring omissions of Philip Hammond’s first – and last – Spring Budget earlier this month was any mention of Brexit beyond his opening speech.

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