protection

Small Businesses Need Protection in Dispute Resolution

The Forum of Private Business is calling on the Government to protect small businesses against employees who exploit employment laws to make ‘vexatious claims’ against them. Based on its Employment Panel research, in addition to 2008-09 employment tribunal statistics and data from the Civil Mediation Council (CMC), the Forum estimates that there are approximately 1,900,000 workplace disputes in the UK every year. As part of its new Get Britain Trading campaign, the Forum is calling for more flexibility for smaller employers in order to free them to create jobs and drive economic growth. Responding to the Government’s ‘resolving workplace disputes’ consultation, the not-for-profit organisation is highlighting the results of its latest Employment Law member panel survey. According to the For... »

New Powers Protect Companies From Fraud

New Powers Protect Companies From Fraud

Small firms will be able to take action more swiftly if fraudsters hijack their records at Companies House, following new rules to come into effect on 1 October. New powers for the Registrar of Companies mean businesses that suspect their records have been tampered with can now contact Companies House directly to ensure the information is corrected, to stop fraudsters from entering into contracts using their company name. Up to now, firms have had to go through the courts to put a stop to third parties falsifying their records. The change is among the last new processes to be implemented as a result of the Companies Act 2006. “There has been a steady stream of companies being effectively hijacked, when fraudsters submit statutory forms to Companies House changing the names of company... »

Data Protection Act: How to comply with the law

Data Protection Act: How to comply with the law

‘Data protection’ can be an intimidating phrase for a start-up or small business owner like you; for many, it conjures up images of blinking data banks, difficult-to-understand legislation and expensive litigation. There is also a common misconception amongst business owners that the law only applies to large corporations, digital businesses, or companies that use customer information as a commodity, such as marketing firms. This is not the case – the Data Protection Act applies to virtually every business, including sole traders. Any customer information you handle – including names, addresses, photographs, card details and phone numbers – will be subject to the law on data protection. It is vital you understand the law, as failing to obey data protection regulations can lead to a fine of... »