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Legal high ban

The Psychoactive Substances Act will introduce a blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of legal highs which are intended for human consumption.

The ban will come into force on May 26 this year.

Tough sentences of up to seven years for offenders and new powers for police are included in the Act.

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Why women aren't standing up to sexual harassment

Under British law, the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against staff because of their sex. Harassment - including less favourable treatment of a member of staff because they have rejected sexual advances - falls under that umbrella.

New statistics published by ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service) show a 51 per cent drop in the number of sexual harassment and discrimination claims in the last year.

And while ACAS report declining numbers of women actually taking their employers to tribunal, its helpline has reported a jump in calls from workers (mostly women) seeking advice over sexual discrimination. It received 7,175 helpline calls related to sex discrimination in the year to the end of March, a 14 per cent increase on the year before.

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Google takes right to be forgotten battle to France's highest court

Google is appealing to France’s highest court over a legal ruling that could force it to censor its search results worldwide.

The search firm has filed an appeal with the Conseil d’État, the French court with the final say over matters of administrative law, in an attempt to overturn a ruling from the country’s data protection authority (CNIL), which would greatly extend the remit of the so-called “right to be forgotten”.

That right requires Google to remove links to pages that “appear to be inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant or excessive … in the light of the time that had elapsed”,

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