Although “flexible contracts” are subjected to widespread public mistrust, businesses are increasingly reliant on flexible workers to fill gaps in employment, particularly during seasonal peaks such as the run up to Christmas.
Contractual relationships are everywhere, in business and our personal lives, and so the question arises, do people always read what they sign? The honest answer for many will be no – so do T&Cs matter?
Football, and the high salaries paid to players, came under scrutiny recently in a disagreement between HMRC and Tottenham Hotspur FC over the tax due on employment termination payment.
Some £20m will be paid to cycle wear manufacturer Assos of Switzerland and German menswear retailer Anson’s Herrenhaus to settle ongoing disputes about alleged Asos trademark infringements.
In what was deemed 2015’s largest legal battle, the animation community filed a class-action lawsuit against DreamWorks alleging wage theft and unfair competition – and the studio is now prepared to reach a settlement.
The unique mixture of intense public scrutiny and vast amounts of money can make football management a cruel world. But the issues thrown up by the high profile departure of Sam Allardyce are by no means confined to football.
When employees are prosecuted for falsifying or exaggerating business expenses claims, there are a number of charges they can face. It may be dealt with as “false accounting”, under the Theft Act 1968, or as an offence covered by the Fraud Act 2006.
This month, the information commissioner’ s office (ICO) fines TalkTalk for failing to adequately protect its customers’ personal data. The record-breaking £400,000 penalty followed a cyberattack of which the telecoms provider was the victim, however the incident brought to light serious failings in its data practices.
Have you ever heard the saying “good artists copy; great artists steal”? Allegedly originating from Pablo Picasso, the words were made famous by Steve Jobs – who claimed Apple wan’t afraid of stealing ideas and making them better.
Recent headlines encapsulate the tension between decisions made according to the family business agenda and those obligations which begin on incorporation and intensify with growth. To family firm owners this is an ever evolving scale and begs the question: at what point do the interests of external stakeholders take primacy?
A Trading Standards investigation has found that ordering dinner from a local takeaway should be treated with caution, at least where pizza is concerned, as businesses have been found guilty of adding fake ingredients to their goods.
Aberdeen Football Club has gone where no club has ever gone before; it’s decided to slap a trademark on what has been deemed a famous half-time snack.