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  • Illegal workers? Don't read and weep

    Employing illegal workers has always been problematic, especially since February 2008 when the penalties were radically changed so thata business now risks a £10000 finefor each illegal worker caught. To help businesses avoid the penalty tr... 

  • Capitalising on office relocations

    After a long period of stagnation, the commercial property sector is finally seeing signs of recovery. This is a review of the Cluttons' Commercial Property Market Outlook Report for July 2010. 

  • Be Prepared

    Readers may recall the posting here on 15 November where advice was given on planning ahead in case the poor weather that we saw last winter returns. Well as a followup, the Highways Agency have now issued their own advisory suggesting that drivers p... 

  • Retirement may be retired

    Following much pressure, a court case and a check on the country's finances, the Government is to bring forward new rules from October 2011 that abolish the default retirement age (of 65). In other words, employers can choose to let staff stay on... 

  • Mediate in private or meditate in public - your choice

    Employment disputes are common, so common that lawyers make a good living out of them.However, disputes don't always have to end up costing either - or both - sides a fortune in fees. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, helpfully know... 

  • Stop, thief!

    Naming and shaming seems to be one new weapon that the authorities are using when it comes to dealing with those breaking the law - tax cheats and kerb crawlers in particular. However, one case seems to have gone too far. Simon Cremer and three other... 

  • Protect and survive

    People are litigious, no more so than in times of crisis when things have a habit of going pear shaped. Directors of companies are particularly in the firing line as shareholders and the authorities seek to examine the detail when something - a busin... 

  • Beware: Christmas is coming

    It won't be a surprise to readers to know that Christmas is almost upon us. But in the run-up to Christmas office parties and other forms of celebration become the norm, as does the potential for things to go wrong; parties are, sadly, regulated.... 

  • Bending over backwards to be flexible

    In another move to enhance workers' rights, the Government has announced that the right to request flexible working will be extended to the parents of children under 18 years old from April 2011. True to form, a consultation paper will be published b... 

  • The M Factor

    Ever fancied being a mentor? No - we're not talking about mentoring hopefuls (and the hopeless) on X Factor. Instead, the question relates to a Government plan, put forward byBusiness Secretary Vince Cable, who wants to create a network of business m...