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Firms regularly breaking the rules on data protection

Almost one out of five firms have at some point unknowingly breached the Data Protection Act, according to new research.

Late payment a problem, VAT cut of little help, say businesses

A new survey has revealed that for many firms delays in invoice settlement are on the increase, while the reduction of the VAT rate has not been effective in tackling the downturn in business.

Red tape imposing costly 'burden' on European businesses

The cumulative cost to Europe’s businesses of the various regulations and rules with which they must comply amounts to €1 trillion over the past 11 years, it has been claimed.

Sick notes to be replaced with 'fit notes'

The government has unveiled the introduction of a new ‘fit note’ scheme aimed at encouraging employees to stay in work rather than join the long-term sick.

Default retirement age should be dropped

Laws that allow employers to oblige employees to retire at 65 should be scrapped.

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