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  • Making a mountain where there might not be a mole

    Have you heard about the Google mole in Twitter? There's a load of stories about it. A quick search on Google News today (8 April) brought up 15 versions of the story. Given the number of references to the story, you would expect there to be some... 

  • Cookie Monster

    A new directive from Europe concerning the use of website cookies is set to take effect on 25 May says the Government. However, the Information Commissioner reckons that the law won't take effect until the autumn. The change is designed to force... 

  • Guarding trade marks

    Trademarks are jealously guarded by rights holders. The reason is simple - by letting trademark abuse occur the right to the mark (and the business) evapourates. There is a general principle in this area of law which allows for someone to use th... 

  • Forced resignation

    A tribunal, in the case of Patel v Matalan Retail Ltd, has found that an employee, who was 'forced' by his employer to resign, was unfairly dismissed. Mr Patel attended a disciplinary hearing following two procedural staffing breaches, in the co... 

  • Reasonable adjustments

    The Equality Act 2010 (Public Authorities and Consequential and Supplementary Amendments) Order 2011 will, from 6 April 2011, will address some of the drafting errors in the Equality Act 2010. From an employer's perspective, the main amendment w... 

  • Some bribery might be OK after all

    Bribery is bad - we all know that. We also know that the Bribery Act was postponed - see BusinessMan February 23 - because of the delay by the Ministry of Justice in producing guidance in what are acceptable practices in the eyes of the law. That... 

  • RIDDOR rules

    The Health and Safety Executive has opened a consultation on proposed changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. Changes to RIDDOR were recommended in the Young report on health and safety... 

  • Facing stiff competition? Turn to the law

    There is a slight sense of irony about the moves made by Microsoft to challenge Google through the EU over its dominant position on search. If you cast your mind back quite a few years it was Microsoft who found itself hogging court time in the US a... 

  • Dual discrimination banned

    The Government seems to be making cuts everywhere, and not just to budgets and spending. In a move mentioned in the Budget last week, rules that were to be introduced under the Equality Act 2010 have been culled. The changes, if they had been br... 

  • New rules on audited accounts

    The Government has announced that it intends to allow small firms to be exempted from having to have independently audited accounts. The changes will come in via amendments to the Companies Act and will bring small company audit rules in line wi...