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  • Protect and survive (if you're a small business)

    Small and medium sized businesses can now benefit from legislation that came into force on 14 June which will help them protect their patent and design rights. The legislation, The Patents County Court (Financial Limits) Order 2011, sets up a da... 

  • IT workers shun Wimbledon to go job-hunting! It's the tenuous link of the week award!

    Network Noise is no stranger to the bizarre press release, but this has to take the treble-chocolate chocolate-coated biscuit as far as tenuous links go. Turns out that during the Wimbledon ladies final between Petra Kvitkova and Maria Sharapova, IT ... 

  • Good news for employers, not so good for the pregnant

    The latest round of discussions at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels on the Pregnant Workers Directive has come to a grinding halt. 14 Member States, including the UK, intervened in th... 

  • Does privatisation plan for police IT cross the thin blue line?

    This has got to be one of the most bizarre ideas I've seen when it comes to a public service. We have become accustomed to the notion of private businesses being contracted to provide IT systems for public bodies but the suggestion that those compani... 

  • Intern doesn't mean free

    Are you a business that uses interns to lower your employment costs in exchange for some on the job training? If so, you ought to note that there'sbeen another successful Tribunal pay claim by an unpaid intern. The National Union of Journalists,... 

  • Finance officers take keener interest in IT spend

    So the finance people are starting to take much closer control of IT spending. According to a study, chief financial officers (CFOs) have authorisation for 26% of all IT investment compared to 5% for chief information officers (CIOs). In addition... 

  • A lack of proper discipline

    There's many an employer that has wondered if an employee is skiving, and for some employers it must be really tempting to start covert surveillance of an employee. However a recent case -Pacey v Caterpillar Logistics Services (UK) Ltd - illustrates ... 

  • Fraud pays (if you don't get caught)

    The man on the shop floor is sometimes pilloried as lazy good-for-nothing who'll steal when the moment arises. Yes, sometimes this is true. But what most people are missing is that it's quite often the bosses who are committing the biggest and most a... 

  • Call for evidence

    The Löfstedt Review into health and safety legislation, announced by the Government in March, has issued a call for evidence, inviting views from all interested parties on the scope for reducing the burden of health and safety regulation on UK b... 

  • Name and shame scheme for late payers will only work if they feel shame

    The Forum of Private Business is on the warpath over late payers. It has set up a 'late payment hall of shame' and is encouraging small businesses to provide details anonymously of companies that are late in paying their bills. Late payment can b...