Legal Update - May 2016
Enterprise Bill enters final stage
On 19 April 2016 the House of Lords considered the amendments proposed by the House of Commons to the Enterprise Bill. In relation to the employment-related aspects of the Bill, the House of Lords agreed the amendments which:
- Establish a new Institute for Apprenticeships.
- Provide for HMRC to share its information on employers’ levies with BIS so that apprenticeship funding can be matched to levy payments.
- Strengthen retail workers’ rights in relation to Sunday working.
- Enable Welsh Ministers to make regulations in respect of public sector exit payments where they have devolved legislative competence for exit payments under the Government of Wales Act 2006.
The Bill now waits for the final stage of Royal Assent when the Bill will become an Act of Parliament, although no date has been set for Royal Assent.
Mitsubishi Emissions Test Cheating Scandal
Mitsubishi Motors has admitted mishandling of fuel economy test for 625,000 of its vehicles sold in Japan. 468,000 are Nissan models and 157,000 on Mitsubishi models.
However, we believe that reports are emerging that more Mitsubishi models, some sold outside of Japan could have also been sold with misleading fuel economy data. As such, we anticipate this scandal concerning incorrect fuel economy figures may well escalate and affect the UK Motor Industry in due course.
We will keep monitoring the test data information as and when it becomes available and will publish further articles when there is any suggestion that the UK or European models are affected by this latest scandal to hit the Motor Industry.
This advice is general in nature and it will need to be tailored to any one particular situation. As an RMI member you have access to the RMI legal advice line, as well as a number of industry experts for your assistance. Call the member helpline on 0845 305 4230 for advice and assistance.