They've come back offering the following:
4.1 The Employee hereby assigns to the Company by way of present assignment of past and future copyright (to the extent not already vested in the Company by operation of law) all copyright, design rights and other proprietary rights (if any) for their full terms throughout the world in respect of all copyright works and designs originated, conceived, written or made by him/her alone or with others during the term of his/her employment which relate, or could relate, to the business of the company, including any works generated outside office hours or at home. Note that to avoid any doubt as to whether any non-company work being contemplated by an employee could be related to the business of the company, any employee seeking to carry out such work should seek written confirmation from his or her line manager prior to commencing the work.
I'm still not clear on "the business of the company" as it's not mentioned anywhere. Also if there is a piece of work that could potentially relate to the business of the company (whatever that is), this amended clause still provides no way of excluding the clause - even with written consent.
Am I misunderstanding this or being run round in circles...?
Obviously not asking for any advice but interested to know what others on here might do in this situation...
Thanks again for all your input