Jan
23

Merchant Shipping Directorate issues Non-Convention Vessel Code

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The new NCV Code creates synergy and incorporates the requirements that were previously set by the CVC Code (Code of Practice for the Safety of Commercial Vessels) together with the requirements for Non-Convention Vessels, namely the IACS Recommendation No.99. The Code is intended to serve the needs of non-convention vessels better by optimising the regulatory regime to the particular needs, demands and technologies of the market, in conformity with recent safety and international regulations and standards. The Code entered into force on the 1st January 2019. Exis...
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Jan
21

Which GDPR Rules Led to Google Being Fined 50 Million Euros?

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On 21 January 2019, France's data protection watchdog, the National Data Protection Commission ('CNIL'), has imposed a record fine of fifty million (50,000,000) euros against Google LLC based on perceived infringements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ('GDPR'). In brief, the fine was imposed on Google for the latter's lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalization. Essential Information not Provided in a Lawful Manner One of the main violations highlighted by France's CNIL was the fact that info...
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Jan
16

Employee Share Schemes

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Employee share schemes have not been as widely used in Malta as they have in some of our European neighbours. However, in general, companies use employee share schemes to attract, retain and reward talent by offering their employees a share in the success they help to create in the company. They provide a form of cash free reward and/or remuneration for employers as well as align the interests of employees with those of the company's shareholders to enhance performance and the company's success. 1. Purpose The company must first look at what it wishes to achieve f...
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Jan
14

European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum Publishes its First Thematic Report

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On the 16 th of October 2018, the European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum published its first thematic report which explores the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation in light of the rise of one of the world's most disruptive new technologies, the Blockchain. The Report outlines the main concerns relating to the co-existence of the provisions of the GDPR and blockchain technology, which have to date not been conclusively settled by the data protection authorities, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) or in court. It is important not to ...
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Jan
11

Suspended Legal Notices Come into Force with Some Amendments

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In August of last year, four employment related legal notices came into force but were shortly 'suspended' following various objections from interested stakeholders. The legal notices related to annual leave; itemised payslips; transfer of business and temporary agency workers. In December of last year, the legal notices relating to annual leave and itemised payslips were further amended and have now come into force. The legal notice introducing changes to the Transfer of Business (Protection of Employment) Regulations have not been amended and have apparently als...
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