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UK to retain working time opt-out

The collapse of conciliation talks in Brussels mean that the UK will keep its opt-out from the EU Working Time Directive.

Equalities Bill pushes for gender pay transparency

Firms that employ more than 250 staff will be obliged to make public figures showing average hourly rates paid to male and female employees under the terms of the new Equalities Bill.

Moratorium urged on new employment law

The UK’s smallest firms find it difficult to cope with the demands of employment law, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said, prompting a call for a three-year moratorium on new legislation.

Small firms must have fairer chance sooner to win public contracts

The Chancellor should bring forward plans designed to help more small businesses win government contracts in the Budget, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

Action required to enable firms to retain staff

More needs to be done by the government to help smaller employers hold on to their staff during the recession.

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