Our First YouTube Upload

December 10, 2010

We have just uploaded our first file onto YouTube. It’s a five minute demonstration of how you can use LinkedIn to create an email signature with your contact details, logo, links to website and blog as well as having a facility for the receiver to check if you have any contacts in commen.

It’s been made using Camtasia and Swish Max. We’re evaluating Camtasia at the moment and would love to hear what you think of the look feel and content of this first attempt.

The quick link to the demonstration is http://bit.ly/hpfG0m

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New Bribary Act

December 6, 2010

Now that the World Cup shenanigans is out of the way, it’s a good time to let you know of a new peice of legislation

The Bribery Act 2010 is due to be implemented in April 2011. This will significantly reform criminal law regarding bribery and introduce a new corporate offence.

 There will be 4 offences:

  • Offering, promising or giving a bribe
  • Requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting a bribe
  • Bribing a foreign public official
  • Corporate offence where an organisation fails to prevent bribery by a person associated with it.

 The corporate offence covers actions committed outside of the UK and associated person is considered someone who performs services for or on behalf of the organisation. Therefore this may include third parties i.e. contractors, suppliers etc.

 The penalties include:

  • Unlimited fine
  • Confiscation of the benefit received
  • Bar from public service contracts for up to 5 years

 Where the offence is committed with the consent of an officer of the organisation the potential penalties for the officer include:

  • Imprisonment for up to 10 years and an unlimited fine
  • If a director – disqualification from office for up to 15 years

 The defence for an organisation will be that there are adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery.

 Guidance of what constitutes adequate procedures is due to be published in early 2011.

 What should you do to be ready for the new law?

  • Review any current policies and procedures to include specific reference to bribery
  • Review whistle blowing policies to ensure any wrongdoings are reported and there is sufficient protection for those who report
  • Extend policies to include third parties
  • Consider including terms on the obligation to report bribery into employment contracts

Contact us for more information or for help putting these policies and contract changes into practice