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  • Many happy (late) returns

    How many employers have wonderedif an excuse is genuinewhen an employee rings in - from holiday - saying that they'll be a few days late when coming back to work? A recent case - Bhopal v Virgin Media Ltd -offers a little guidance on the matter. ... 

  • Match maker

    Small to medium sized businesses based in the South East of England with 2 to 249 staff who want to invest in staff training can apply for a matched grant of upto £1000. The funding is being offered through The Leadership and Management Adv... 

  • Sickies on the wane?

    It's always been surprising just how many staff who, on national TV, admit to pulling a sickie without actually being anywhere near unwell. Well it seems that employers are cottoning onto this problem. According to a survey by CareerBuilder of 19... 

  • Hardware sales distract attention from Oracle's software

    Oracle has taken an interesting stance with its decision to walk away from loss-making hardware deals. Explaining why the company's hardware revenues were 6% down in the fourth quarter, president and CFO Safra Catz said it had decided to avoid unpro... 

  • Equality challenge

    The Government is planning yet more cuts to red tape with a new Red Tape challenge website. Equality legislation applies to almost every area of the public and private sector and businesses (and voluntary and community organisations) are being invite... 

  • High noon for high risk tax schemes

    HMRC have issued a consultation document to counter the continued marketing and use of high risk tax avoidance schemes. The document - "High Risk Tax Avoidance Schemes" - proposes to list tax avoidance schemes that are unlikely to deliver t... 

  • Heads roll with strike

    Unless you've been living in the cloud recently you cannot have failed to note that 750,000 public workers, including teachers, have called what is in effect a general strike for 30 June over the issue of proposed changes to their pension scheme. ... 

  • Is autism more common in areas of high IT employment?

    A fascinating study from the University of Cambridge appears to suggest that the rate of autism among children could be much higher in areas that have a strong focus on the IT industry 

  • Pensions Regulator Rules

    The Pensions Regulator has said that it has begun to help educate employers about what they must do to comply with the automatic enrolment reforms that take effect in October 2012. In case you've missed it, the reforms require all employers to a... 

  • Fit for a Queen

    As if we haven't been overrun with extra bank holidays in 2011, the Government has announced that there will be an extra bank holiday in 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. By moving the late May bank holiday back to Monday 4 June and addi...