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  • Out of time but not out of luck

    The High Court has held that an equal pay claim brought six months after the end of employment, can proceed as a breach of contract claim in the civil courts, despite the fact it would be out of time in an employment tribunal. All 174 of the Hig... 

  • All in a flutter over Apple's Jobsworth

    The market has been getting a bit over-excited by the news that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is to take a medical leave of absence. The share price fell 5%, losing $19bn in value after the announcement. But this isn't the first time Jobs has taken a back sea... 

  • Brits lose out in Euro business for being too aloof, says research

    Even the most basic attempts to speak the local language will win sympathy, says EC business research UK resellers struggle to do business abroad because their 'everyone speaks English' assumption offends their European peers. Though English (albeit ... 

  • National Minimum Wage and travelling

    New regulations from 1 January 2011 are going to affect how employers pay those who are close to the National Minimum Wage. A good number of temporary workers are paid at or just above the National Minimum Wage and of these, a number receive expenses... 

  • Are schools failing the IT test?

    Here's a piece of news which, on the face of it, makes sense but, if you look at it a bit closer, could also make less sense than you think. According to research from Microsoft, school kids aren't being taught the necessary IT skills to prepare them... 

  • Workers on fire?

    Now that we have smoke free work places, non-smoking workers are quite rightly upset at the extra time off that smokers get during the working day as they take unofficial 'fag' breaks'. As a guide to employers, staff at Norfolk based Breckland Co... 

  • Interesting practices

    Ever considered that selling to public bodies and Government is like rolling a ball across an uneven table - unpredictable? Well the Office of Fair Trading announced just before Christmas that it is to hold an investigation into public procurement pr... 

  • PwC job numbers good news for employees, less so for recruiters

    A recent survey by PwC suggests that recruitment levels are going to rise this year which means great news for employees looking for a new challenge, but a headache for employers looking for skilled staff. The survey found that in 2009 only only 13 p... 

  • Would the world end if Facebook shut down on 15 March?

    More than a million Facebook users appear to have been taken in by a story that appeared in Weekly World News claiming the social networking site was shutting down on 15 March. The venerable news organ, well known for breaking such scoops as "Al... 

  • Intellectually Challenged Businesses?

    The Government, or rather the Intellectual Property Office, is asking business how it can help them make more of their intellectual property assets. In particular, the IPO wants to understand more about how intellectual property (IP) is used and expl...