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Contractor News Archive: July to August 2006

 Jan - Feb   Mar - Apr   May - Jun   Sep - Oct   Nov - Dec 
Panic in the City01/07/2006
In the last few days it has been reported that City banks and other financial institutions have been bringing their relationships with freelance IT contractors to a premature end. It is believed that this is a knee-jerk reaction to the outcome of the recent Court of Appeal decision in Cable & Wireless v Muscat.

HMRC Publishes Guide on Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes03/07/2006
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a guide on the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes which comes into effect from 1st August 2006. This guidance is about what to do if you promote or use arrangements (including any scheme, transaction or series of transactions) that will or are intended to provide the user with a tax advantage when compared to adopting a different course of action ("tax arrangements").

Rising Cost of On-call Working08/08/2006
Decision of the Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunal confirmed that employees required to sleep over in work premises are working throughout the time of their attendance at work. This applies even if they are there for emergency purposes only and even where they are allowed to sleep in.

Dismissals Outside of Employment08/08/2006
Employee is caught on CCTV in the centre of town absolutely "out of his face" hurling a rock through a local food store. Is this an act of misconduct leading to potential dismissal? The employer is seeking blood, the local reporter has been seen trying to get a new angle on the story. The question, can I be rid of this employee? The answer – "Well maybe it all depends …"

Noise Regulations Come Into Force08/08/2006
Noise levels at which employers must take action to protect employees reduced to 80dB for lower action level and 85dB for upper action level from 6 April when The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 / 1643 came into force in the United Kingdom.

PSN To Create 400 New Jobs in Next 100 Days18/08/2006
To celebrate 100 days as Production Services Network (PSN), CEO Bob Keiller has pledged to deliver at least 400 new jobs in the next 100 days. PSN was formed on May 1st 2006 when CEO Bob Keiller and his management team completed a $280million management-buy-out from KBR Halliburton. PSN is now one of the top ten largest private Scottish companies.

Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) Opens New Offices31/08/2006
Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) Ltd, part of John Wood Group PLC, has opened a new engineering office in Glasgow, initially bringing up to 250 new highly skilled jobs to the city. The company has also taken new office space in Aberdeen, where it is creating over 100 new engineering jobs during 2006.


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