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  • New Agency Worker Regulations give temps more power

    With the introduction of the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 just over a month away, the Government has now published the Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2011 which makes a few changes to the rulebook. For those a little hazy on the subject... 

  • Is a PSG spin off the best route to HP's post-PC future?

    This morning when I went into the garage to let my dog out, my nostrils were assaulted by a terrible smell. My dog wasn't to blame, however, the culprit being another dog who has been on an extended sleepover at our house for the last few days (you k... 

  • Quitting the premises? Don't leave the builders behind

    Apart from employees, the second largest fixed cost businesses tend to face relates to their premises. That's why it's all the more important that businesses understand and abide by break clauses that give them a valuable 'get-out' on their leased pr... 

  • Proceeds of crime? Not.

    What should employers do with staff on remand pending criminal proceedings? The employee can't work - should they be paid? Well in the case of Burns v Santander UK plc, the Employment Appeals Tribunal said that the lower Tribunal was right to thr... 

  • Reasonable Excuses?

    There is a general understanding that there is no excuse for ignorance of the law. HMRC know this. However, is there such a thing as a 'reasonable excuse' when appealing late payment (of tax) and filing penalties which are prescribed by the law? ... 

  • Apple has to prepare for a future without Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs has got a lot of things right in his time at Apple (and a couple of things wrong) but it's measure of how successful he - and his company - has become, especially since his return in 1996 which brought Apple back from the dead, that the an... 

  • Are you a director?

    There are instances of people who although not officially a director act is if they are a director. The law understands this and allows for them to be made liable for any malfeasance and a recent case - Re Mumtaz Properties Ltd; Wetton v Ahmed - rein... 

  • SMEs now have (slightly) easier access to new funds

    The Government has brought two deregulatory amendments to the EU Prospectus Directive into effect a year early which may help small businesses access equity finance more easily. By implementing the amendments on 31 July 2011fewer small issuers a... 

  • Sick records skipped by employers, says DWP

    According to a recent survey from the Department of Work and Pensions employee sickness at work isn't being recorded correctly, if at all.In fact some 21 per cent of employers haven't got any form of process for recording sickness absence - more so i... 

  • Capital allowances loophole ended

    The Government has bought forward the closure of a loophole which previously had allowed businesses to accelerate capital allowances claims for plant and machinery and thereby obtain advantageous early tax relief. The change was brought into effe...