Acting to stop harm: the FCA and Appointed Representatives
This week marks the first anniversary of the start of #metoo movement. The last 12 months have seen a seemingly unabaiting global conversation about the rising number of reports of sexual harassment, both inside and outside the workplace. Julie Norris and Charlotte Judd discuss sexual harassment in the workplace and firms’ regulatory obligations, calling for better #metoo related guidance from accounting regulators.
On 14th June 2018 the SRA published the response to its consultation on the new SRA Handbook along with a revised draft of the new SRA Handbook. The SRA will now seek Legal Services Board approval of the SRA Handbook which is expected to be received in the autumn. The SRA’s intention is that the new Handbook will come into force in April 2019. It is not anticipated that the LSB’s review process will lead to any major amendments. We have therefore reached the stage where firms can begin to plan their own implementation. This note is intended to provide an introduction to the main changes.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun consulting on a new Regulatory Action Policy (“the Policy”). This new policy is intended to provide “direction and focus” for those the ICO regulates, the public and its staff - and therefore demands careful consideration by anyone concerned about regulatory action within this new GDPR era. Critically, the Policy reiterates the ICO’s commitment to a balanced approach to regulation by creating an environment in which data subjects are protected whilst business is able to operate and innovate efficiently:
Recent news relating to General Medical Council (GMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).
On 12th March 2018 the SRA published a warning notice on the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements (“NDAs”). I have already blogged on the ethical issues that underpin the SRA’s notice here [link to IWD blog on NDAs] and I am currently working on a more detailed project with others around the use of NDAs that we hope will provide some more assistance to firms.
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