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Holiday rights for employees on long-term sick leave

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employees who have been on long-term sick leave can take all the paid annual holiday they have accumulated while off work.

Extra apprenticeships to be created to help jobs market

The government has announced funding for an extra 35,000 apprenticeships.

Employers urged to retain staff

Businesses should look to hold on to their staff if at all possible during the downturn.

Small firms struggling to offer 'adequate' pension provision

A new survey has revealed that 90 per cent of defined benefit pension schemes run by small firms have been closed to new entrants.

Pension packages no longer vital to recruitment

The contraction of the employment market has meant that prospective employees do not see an attractive pensions package as essential to their decision to accept or reject a job offer.

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