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  • 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... 

  • Bonus yes, bonus no

    It seems that whilst bonuses to bankers are a hot potato - quite rightly so, say many - bonuses or incentives to consumers to promote products or services are fine. A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice has said that national lawsprohibiti... 

  • Hire a human, or risk a fine

    Britain's single largest piece of legislation, the Companies Act 2006, has been phased in over the last four years. The latest change came in on 1 October. The change means that all UK companies now need have at least one human "natural pers... 

  • See - the system works

    In MicroScope (18 October), we reported that the Government had set up the Office of Tax Simplification with a brief to simply the taxes levied on individuals and businesses. Well as a result of feedback from taxpayers and their agents (read 'account... 

  • That's snow business, folks

    According to a YouGov poll, 58 per cent of senior decision makers said that their businesses suffered following the heavy snows last winter even though 78 per cent of them thought that they were well prepared. The numbers weren't much better for empl... 

  • Is the Equality Act floored by a flaw?

    The recently introduced Equality Act seems to have a flaw according to some employment lawyers and the Law Society. They say that under the new Act it's impossible to reach a compromise agreement. For the (hopefully) uninitiated, a compromise agreeme... 

  • Avoid being a victim of fraud

    Fraud hurts.Whether it's the cost of the loss, the fact that you've been 'had' or the inconvenience of the fraud, it hurts. And we're all at risk including businesses where day to day activity means sometimes taking your eye off the ball. The Nat... 

  • A helping hand for business?

    The Government has just announced - as if we didn't already know - that it's keen to support British Business. To prove its credentials, it's just appointed Lord Young, the former Trade Minister, to the role of Enterprise Advisor to the Prime Min...