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  • 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... 

  • It's criminal...

    There may be times when employers want to see if their employees - potential as well as actual - have criminal records. Checks can be made with the Criminal Records Bureau but employers need to be aware that the CRB website ceased operation at the en... 

  • 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