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Raising the bar on gambling controls

Imposing a record penalty package of over £7.8million on online gaming company 888 was a strong move by the Gambling Commission earlier this year. The action was taken following the discovery of serious failings in the company’s handling of vulnerable customers. While the majority of gamblers do so safely, the Gambling Commission estimates that more…

A third of businesses fail to complete modern slavery statements

It is shocking to see that a third of businesses have failed to complete a modern slavery statement, despite being required to do so by law, according to a recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). The UK led the field in legislating to tackle the problem of modern slavery and…

What the UK’s new data protection law will mean for businesses

The Government’s plans to revise the UK’s data protection laws, announced this week, will effectively ensure that the UK remains compliant with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is applicable from May 2018. This announcement is helpful for businesses and should clarify some of the confusion around the need or otherwise to prepare…

Increasing prevalence of modern slavery reinforces the need to know the risks and spot the signs

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has announced that modern slavery in the UK is ‘far more prevalent than previously thought’. However, these estimates reflect only the number of live police investigations. The challenge for businesses will be to ensure their UK operations are not implicated in the ‘tens of thousands’ of cases which the NCA believes remain…

The Barclays whistleblower investigation shows more needs to be done to reform banking culture

The Barclays whistleblower scandal will be a real test for the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, whose rules on whistleblowing clearly state that a whistleblower’s confidentiality must be protected and that firms need to create a culture that encourages employees to raise concerns about poor behaviour. It is hard to see how…