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Scientists at the University of Portsmouth have found that correctly labelling your tweets can vastly improve your experience on Twitter. They have also identified how hashtags work and identified the four stages of a twitter event. A hashtag is a word or a phrase prefixed with the symbol #. Phrases should not…

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By Andrew Fishleigh, consultant solicitor at Keystone Law The calculation of an employee’s holiday entitlement and sick pay rights should be straight-forward, but the reality is somewhat different. The statutory legal position is derived from the European Working Time Directive, the UK’s implementation of this under the Working Time Regulations and countless…

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EMI Share Options | | 05.06.13

By Bryan Rickman, consultant solicitor at Keystone Law Companies are increasingly turning to share awards or share options to attract, incentivise and retain their key employees. This applies to all companies, from new or struggling companies compensating for a lack of cash availability, to family-controlled businesses facing the dilemma that the present…

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Paying Staff Bonuses | | 05.06.13

By Tony Watts, consultant solicitor at Keystone Law While the Government is actively discouraging the so-called “bonus culture” bonuses can be very effective when used properly.  But when are employees legally entitled to be paid their bonus? This article looks at the law and recent cases on bonus entitlement. Contractual vs Discretionary…

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Agency Workers | | 05.06.13

By David Jepps, employment lawyer at Keystone Law Using agency workers to fill staffing gaps is often thought of as a quick and easy fix. New regulations will alter the way that agencies can supply temporary workers and the obligations for businesses that hire them. The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 came into…

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In their new book, Simple, Siegel + Gale’s Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn argue that simplicity is the new luxury. Written by Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn. Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity by Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn. “Making the simple complicated is…

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By Gavin Meikle, Head Of Learning And Founder Of Inter-Activ Everybody knows what a pause button is. It’s a way of temporarily stopping the output from a video recorder, mp3 player or a TV.  The pause button is a really useful device because it allows us to instantly stop, and do something…

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By Gavin Meikle, Head Of Learning And Founder Of Inter-Activ When was the last time you wrote a letter or even sent a Fax?  Today most communication is done via Email, Websites, Intranets and Mobile Phones.    But the tools keep evolving and I believe we need to adapt with them if we…

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By Gavin Meikle, Head Of Learning And Founder Of Inter-Activ The key to effective business communication is clarity, but achieving it can be easier said than done. In this short article I’d like to challenge you to start by thinking about the purpose or outcome of your communication before you make it.…

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By Gavin Meikle, Head Of Learning And Founder Of Inter-Activ As a communication skills trainer, I have the pleasure of meeting and working with thousands of different people from many diverse organisations.  Over the years I have noticed one particular human trait that is common to everyone.   It’s the perception that we…

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