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  • Postal service hit with new VAT regime

    Death and taxes. The two certainties in life according to US founding father Benjamin Franklin. Well not to disappoint, the Government has now added VAT to certain postal services as of 31 January. So whilst standard UK services are still VAT exempt,... 

  • Productivity's very human limitations

    Productivity is an unwieldy sounding word but it comes up a lot in IT speak, usually as a promise or an outcome. "Increased productivity" is the favourite - well, people are hardly likely to trumpet "decreased productivity" in the... 

  • Wholly and Exclusively

    The subject of business expenses and what can be claimed is an old chestnut that many businesses still make mistakes over. A recent case, Azam v HMRC, looks again at expenses incurred 'wholly and exclusively' for the purposes of the business. In... 

  • ACAS offers a guiding light

    ACAS,the Government's arbitration service,and the TUC have produced a new guide entitled " Mediation: A guide for trade union representatives" that aims to raise awareness amongst trade union representatives of the benefits of mediation. ... 

  • Bribery Act delayed ... again...

    The implementation of the Bribery Act - see BusinessMan 2 November - has been delayed from its proposed start date in April. The cause of the delay is the Ministry of Justice, which still has to publish final Guidance on 'adequate procedures'. This s... 

  • Yet another skills shortage, why can't we try something different?

    I'm starting to get heartily sick of stories about skills shortages, usually around the latest technological trend. There's one on the MicroScope website today (22 February) about cloud computing which suggests the supply of consultants and developer... 

  • Changes afoot in the new Pensions Bill

    The Government has now published the Pensions Bill 2011 which includes, amongst things, provisions to implement automatic enrolment (along the lines of the recommendations of the recent DWP review). Other key measures include: Aligning the ea... 

  • Would you let your employer access your Facebook account?

    There were two interesting Facebook related stories over the weekend. The first involved a Spanish Dominican nun who was asked to leave the order, after 35 years, for supposedly spending too much time on Facebook. The second involved the Maryland Dep... 

  • Pregnancy and work

    The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published a leafletsummarising the rights and mutual obligations of pregnant employees and their employers in relation to babies which are due on or after 3 April 2011. Remember that to make a... 

  • Company Directors warned on risk mitigation strategy

    According to law firm O'Connors LLP, non-executive directors must check their employer companies have a personal risk mitigation strategy in place, especially as the risks facing directors had never been greater and will only intensify further once t...