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Small firms 'confused' over health and safety regulations

The confusion and uncertainty that many smaller businesses experience when it comes to complying with health and safety rules could be costing millions each year.

Plans mooted to extend self-certification sick note period

Proposals are being discussed to allow employees to self-certify sick leave for a longer period during any swine flu pandemic.

High Court hearing for retirement age case

A case contesting the right of employers to force workers to retire at 65 has reached the High Court.

Review could signal end of compulsory retirement age

The government’s announcement that it is to bring forward a planned review of the default retirement age could mean that employers may lose the right to force staff to retire at 65.

New accountancy rules on leasing may hit small firms

Many thousands of smaller businesses could see an increase in their administrative burdens if new accounting rules on leasing come into effect, it has been claimed.

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