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Here, we look at some of the key legal aspects of running a business – including the obligations your business has towards its employees. Some of our most popular legal guides include:

Employees are easily the most important asset to any business. As an HR specialist, your job is to ensure that they are working to the very best of their capabilities. In most cases, that means using better time management to ensure productivity reaches an all-time high.
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If your company has experienced late payment problems, a statutory demand may prove to be a very useful method to encourage clients and customers to settle any outstanding debts. Here we look at what a statutory demand is, and the steps you must take to ensure that your demands are issued correctly.
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Issues surrounding employment law can be a potential minefield for employers – especially if you don’t follow the right procedures. Here, Kirsty Burgess from citrusHR explains what small business owners need to bear in mind if they decide to dismiss a member of staff.
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The internet is amazing; it has all the information that we would ever need at just a few clicks. But with easy access to information, there’s also the increased risk of breaching copyright – and we can be guilty of copyright infringement without even realising.
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You might have seen workplace pensions in the news recently, including the recent ad campaign from the Department of Work and Pensions. Here we look at what all small business owners should know about the pensions auto enrolment rules.
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When your new business begins to flourish, there may come a time when you want to take on your first employee. After you’ve created a shortlist of possible candidates, how do you find out if they’re a ‘good fit’ for your growing enterprise? This is where the interview process comes in.
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The authors of a must-read book, Sort Your Brain Out, explain how harnessing stress in the right way can be beneficial to business owners, and why chronic stress should be avoided at all costs.
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With most workers now able to ask their employers for flexible working arrangements, what should small owners do when they receive a request?
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Commercial solicitor Leigh Ellis explains what happens when a breach of contract occurs in business. Typically the injured party can either terminate or affirm (continue) with the terms. But, what happens if delays occur?
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2014 saw a change in the law that might signal a significant change in the working practices of businesses and individuals all over the UK, as the government rubber-stamped plans for flexible working for all employees.
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Andrew Jenkins, author of ‘You are more than you think’ looks at how you can become a better business owner by taking time out to re-connect with yourself and finding out what your true strengths and passions are.
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If you take on staff to work for your business, you must take on board a number of duties and obligations towards your employees. Here, we look at what employment contracts are, and the paperwork you must complete in order to comply with employment law and avoid being taken to a tribunal by an unhappy employee.
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Taking on your first employee is a big deal. Not only will you be handing over responsibility for part of your business to someone new, but you will also have to be aware of your duties and obligations as an employer.
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Zero Hours contracts, used properly, can be a great way for employers and employees to gain flexibility in the workplace. However, they can just as easily be abused.
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The Late Payments of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 was originally devised as a way of ensuring small businesses are not left out of pocket by late payments, and sets out the entitlement to charge a statutory rate of interest on any overdue invoices.
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Temporary workers offer the perfect short-term staffing solution for many small businesses – without the financial and legal obligations of taking on full-time employees. Here we look at your legal responsibilities when you take on different types of staff – agency, fixed-term and zero-hours workers.
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The Data Protection Act 1998 is an important piece of legislation for consumers and businesses alike, and governs how your personal information may be used when you provide a profit-making company with potentially sensitive details such as your name, date of birth and address.
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In an extract from her book ‘More balls than most’, Lara Morgan looks at a variety of successful communication methods, and provides some advice for talking to people in your business.
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A trade mark is typically a combination of words and images which distinguishes one brand from another. By registering a trade mark, you can legally protect your trade mark from being used by your competitors.
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The number of small businesses taking claims to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has jumped sharply over the past year. The court provides a cost-effective and efficient way for business owners to protect their brands.
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