How to Keep your Business Safe Online

How should you protect your business against viruses, online fraud and data loss? What hardware, software, policies and procedures do you need? The internet is a great business tool but viruses, identity theft and online fraud threaten businesses as well as home users. Prevention is better than cure, so plan ahead. You need multi-layered defences, including appropriate staff training and policies. You also need business-class computers that are designed to be safer online. Online safety checklist Make a plan. IT problems can destroy a business so you can’t afford to ignore the risks of viruses, fraud, data loss and ID theft. This is why a good plan today is better than a perfect plan next year. Look at what you do now and where you could make improvements. Take a holistic view of IT ... »

Handling Grievance & Discipline Procedures

Introduction Problems with employees may arise from time to time in even the best-run businesses. Occasionally you may need to take disciplinary action against employees or deal with their grievances but it’s better to look at ways of preventing problems arising in the first place. If problems do arise, deal with them rather than let them fester into resignations and/or tribunal claims. Disciplinary and grievance procedures should be an aid to good management. Have clear written procedures and policies that are known and understood by all workers. Also, make sure you distinguish between discipline on conduct grounds and your procedure to improve performance – though this may eventually require disciplinary action if performance does not improve. This guide is designed to show w... »

Disciplinary, Dismissal & Grievance Procedures

Guidance for employers Foreword From 1st October the Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004 come into force. They lay down disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures that provide a framework for discussing problems at work. This guide explains the procedures. It is primarily intended for managers in small firms. Separate guidance will be available for employees from This document gives general guidance only. It has no legal force and cannot cover every point and situation. If you would like advice on your particular situation, please see below for Acas contact details. It is important to note that the Regulations aim to set a minimum standard and are not intended to replace existing best practice and the new procedures shoul... »