Small Businesses Not Safeguarding Intellectual Property Rights

Small businesses must ensure they are protecting their innovations — that’s the message from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which found that just 15 per cent have sought advice to safeguard their ideas. The IPO survey (PDF) of 20,000 UK businesses of all sizes also found that just 11 per cent of small firms assign responsibility for managing their IP rights. Commenting on the research, IP minister Baroness Wilcox said small firms risked missing out on valuable income from their creativity. “Innovation is the backbone of our economy and it’s encouraging that many businesses know the importance of protecting and exploiting their ideas. However, it’s clear that many smaller companies aren’t aware of how to make the most of their IP.” “As part of the Government’s com... »

Rights for Working Parents and Carers

Given the complexity of parental rights, employers could be forgiven for not knowing what to do when one of their employees is pregnant or becomes responsible for a child. With tribunals making large awards against employers who ignore the rules, you cannot afford to stick your head in the sand. You need to be clear about the rights of either sex and your responsibilities as an employer if you are going to minimise disruption to your business and prevent disputes. Working parents or carers can often take different types of time off. This briefing sets out your employees’ rights and your duties towards them. It covers: Ordinary maternity leave and additional maternity leave. Paternity leave, additional paternity leave and adoption leave. Leave for parents. Time off for dependants, such as c... »

Adoptive Parents – Rights to Leave & Pay

NEW – From April 2009, the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) and Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) in the UK increased from £117.18 per week to £123.06 per week. The Government is committed to helping working parents. Rights to leave and pay for adoptive parents have been introduced for employees whose children are placed with them on or after 6 April 2003. »