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Small Business Legal Matters

For most businesses, handling an employee’s confidential data can present a number of challenges. It is important to educate the team on the importance of handling data to ensure confidence to not have to face any of the legal implications of a data leak.
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Running a business is certainly no walk in the park, as it’s fair to say you’ve got quite a few things to manage. Management skills alone though aren’t enough to secure success, there are a number of essential attributes needed to run a business and put it on the right path.
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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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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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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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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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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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Here, physical therapist Mark O’Brien looks why you should take active steps to move around while running your small business, and avoid the potential health problems associated with remaining desk-bound for most of the day.
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A new free Early Conciliation service from Acas will provide both business owners and their employees with a way to resolve potential employment disputes without the need to resort to legal action or incur significant costs.
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