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  • Reporting burdens for small businesses could be eased

    Proposals to simplify the financial and corporate reporting requirements for small businesses are the subject of a Discussion Paper published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Financial Reporting Council. "Simple... 

  • Does the Web makes us all more angry and abusive?

    Should we be surprised by a US poll that shows 56% of people in their teens and early 20s have been the target of online taunting, harassment or bullying? I'm not. You only have to look at the level of discourse on the web, the vitriol and abuse pour... 

  • Managing employee's behaviour outside work

    With the August riots and disturbances (hopefully) well and truly behind us, some employers may be faced with staff who have acted inappropriately outside the workplace. How should they be handled? When dealing with behaviour which takes place o... 

  • Employers can be liable for discrimination claims

    As funny as it may sound, an employee calling someone (of Polish descent) 'Borat' can land the employer in hot water. In Ruda v Tei Ltd, the Tribunal decided that the claimant, who was Polish, had been the subject of racial harassment because he had ... 

  • HP keeps the strategy, replaces the man who thought it up

    Farewell then, Leo Apotheker. You were the CEO at HP who introduced a software-based strategy on 18 August by simultaneously announcing plans to acquire Autonomy and (with the full authorisation of the board) to look at a strategic options for the PC... 

  • HMRC revises its view of VAT under salary sacrifice arrangements

    Readers may recalla recent columnwhere it was mentioned that as a result of a European judgment, the VAT element of the Cycle to Work Scheme needs to recovered from employees. Well to add more flesh to the story, HMRC has publishedBrief 28/11 that se... 

  • Strategy, schmategy: could there be more disruption at HP?

    So the biggest technology story doing the rounds today (22 September) is that the board of HP have had a meeting to discuss whether they should get rid of CEO Leo Apotheker, the man they appointed to run the company less than a year ago. Apparent... 

  • Sleeping with the enemy?

    It's dangerous territory but a recent survey from Staffbay, a jobs website, found that a good number of respondents were happy to (try to) sleep their way to the top. Not surprisingly, men came out as indicating that 30 per cent would undertake this ... 

  • National Minimum Wage and guidance for interns

    With increasing use of interns by businesses, both as a way of increasing work placements and of hiring low cost help, the Government (and the Courts) have become concerned at the potential for abuse. As a result, there is now (new) guidance avai... 

  • Anti-social CRM concept gaining traction on Topman site

    Social CRM (Customer relationship management) has produced mixed results for retail giant Arcadia after angry consumer complaints against its Topmanbrand were made public by its social CRM systems. After dozens of customers posted angry responses on...