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  • Open sesame. Government to simplify ICT procurement

    The Government is to ensure that small firms and organisations are no longer shut out of its procurement processes because of "excessive bureaucracy and petty regulation". Further, procurement opportunities will be available for everyone to... 

  • On yer bike

    The Office of Tax Simplification, a Quango created by the Coalition Government last year to look into simplifying the tax regimes that business and citizens endure, has now presented its findings to the Chancellor.A formal response is expected in the... 

  • Garden leave - can an employer dig itself out of a hole?

    When it comes to senior or key staff leaving it's often the case that employers will put the employee on 'garden leave' - they'll be paid during their notice period whilst being kept at home and away from the office, contacts and the business. But ca... 

  • Health and safety is not for the bored - it's for the board

    The recent successful prosecution of Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings in February should send shivers down the spine of any business where there is a risk of death in the workplace. In September 2008, geologist Alex Wright was killed in a mudslide ... 

  • Careful what you say, social networking isn't above the libel laws

    The Internet may represent a faster, more immediate method of communication and means of providing information but when it comes to the law it can be just as dangerous as print in a newspaper or careless words on the radio or TV. The growth of so... 

  • Trust the Government

    Today's posting is another revisiting of a recent topic. Hopefully readers will remember the story of 24 January that covered draft legislation that would have impacted - inadvertently and adversely - employee share schemes. Following consultatio... 

  • d-d-d-data rules

    Last December this blog detailed the first fines handed out by the Information Commissioner for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act. Those fines may have been the first, but they clearly aren't to be the last. Indeed, Ealing and Hounslow Coun... 

  • Generation Gmail

    A recentsurveycommissioned by email management company, Mimecast, has found that corporate email accounts are being shunned by those aged under 25 in favour of personal email accounts when it comes to the sending of business email. Why? Users hate be... 

  • Need some R&D? Run a competition

    So many times a competition is actually a mechanism for a company to get a new logo, mission statement or campaign done on the cheap. It can work out quite nicely with the winners getting some kudos and the company getting some intelligence for a ver... 

  • Retirement comes closer

    Further to a posting on BusinessMan on 29 November, the Government has now published the draft form of the Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011. The legislation, if passed, will apply from 6 April 2011 and wi...