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  • Contractual notice

    A recent case - Dr T Wang v University of Keele - resulted in a judgment that means employers can give contractual notice to an employee - whether orally, in writing or electronically - knowing that the notice period will start the day after the noti... 

  • Fit for work

    Recently issued statistics from the Government covering those applying for Employment and Support Allowance indicates that 75 per cent of applicants in the first quarter of 2011 are either found fit for work or stop their claims before a medical asse... 

  • Cut your energy costs

    Whether it's a direct result of greater demand, falling supply or governmental policy, energy is only ever going to get more expensive. However, it doesn't help that energy companies seem to have gone out of their way to make things complex for 'cons... 

  • Shock, horror, Zuckerberg kills the food he eats

    There's a bizarre story all over the web today about Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg. It seems that he decided that if he wanted to eat meat, he would kill the animal himself. Well, if you were extremely wealthy and wondering what to do with your time,... 

  • More changes to employment law - just not yet

    The Government considers that current law relating to flexible parental leave is too rigid and 'reflects outdated notions of parenting..and restricts employers'. As a result, it has launched a consultation on its proposals to reform the law. A ma... 

  • If this was football, vote of confidence for Ballmer would be kiss of death

    What a week it's been for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. First, he inadvertently lets slip the release date for Windows 8, then Skype, the company he has shelled out $8.5bn of Microsoft's money to buy, suffers from a serious outage. Just to compoun... 

  • Employment red tape to be untied?

    The Government has announced that it is to consider how it will reform other areas of employment law, including collective redundancy periods, TUPE (transfer of undertakings) legislation as well as compensation for discrimination. Employers are a... 

  • Windows 8 next year? Probably

    Hold the phone. Microsoft has jumped in quickly to downplay comments by CEO Steve Ballmer that Windows 8 will be released next year. Should we surprise? No. Does this mean it won't be released next year? No. The official Microsoft response was th... 

  • Going loco?

    It was only a matter of time before stress at work became reclassified as psychosocial risk and the British Standards Institution developed s standard for it. Known as PAS 1010 (Publicly Available Specification) Guidance it covers the management ... 

  • Be careful what you say

    The giving of references goes to the core of the employer / employee relationship. Get it right and everyone's happy. Make an error and expect serious fallout. This principle applies to correspondence, which although not intended to be a reference ca...