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  • Taking Uncle Sam to court - a sensible move?

    Should a business need to make a number of redundancies they may not want to be too picky about when they need to start collective consultations. The case of Nolan v USA - yes that's right, Nolan has taken the United States of America to court - is r... 

  • Uninsured drivers face new crackdown

    New powers to tackle uninsured driving will come into force soon the Government has said. Under the powers it will be an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsured. Currently motorists pay an average £30 eac... 

  • Getting religion - getting fired

    Can an employee be disciplined for promotion religion, somewhat inappropriately, at work? The answer maybe an almighty - pun intended - 'yes'. In Amachree v Wandsworth Borough Council, a council employee told a service user that had a terminal illnes... 

  • Companies House sh(r)eds paper

    Now that the world has gone digital - in many areas anyway - it won't surprise readers to know that Companies House plans to become an entirely electronic service. As a result, for standard companies, incorporations, filing of annual returns, account... 

  • Online compliance

    As a neat followup to last Friday's posting, it's appropriate to mention that the Office of Fair Trading has published a document - Protecting Consumers Online - which details its strategy on protecting consumers online. The review details the a... 

  • Don't get too personal

    The Information Commissioner's Office has published a code of practice and checklist - for small businesses - on how to collect and use personal information. It covers good practice when collecting information, using the information, privacy options ... 

  • Sick employees can get new rights under new interpretation of the law

    Under English law, employees who want to have a meeting with their employer, particularly when discipline or a grievance is involved, have the right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union representative. But what should an employer do if the... 

  • Waste not want not

    Readers hopefully will remember the posting on 21 October that detailed the harsh penalties for breaking the laws on waste packaging. To embellish on the story further, the Environment Agency was given, on 4 January 2011, new civil powers to enforce ... 

  • Too much of nothing: filling space on the Internet

    In case you've missed it, today is the last day of the January football transfer market. Sky TV reporters are strategically located outside some of the bigger clubs' stadia bringing us the latest gossip and possible news while most newspaper and broa... 

  • VAT scam - be on your guard

    With the rise in the VAT rate to 20 per cent on 4 January, it won't surprise readers to know that VAT has become an even more appealing target for scammers. According to the BBC's Moneybox, VAT cheats are adding VAT to bills even though they are ...