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Employers concerned over swine flu 'absenteeism'

Employers have been expressing worries that the swine flu outbreak may be encouraging absenteeism.

New minimum pay rate for apprentices

The minimum weekly wage for apprentices has increased as from 1 August.

Savers see higher returns

Competition among banks and building societies in their efforts to attract new customers has pushed up the general level of interest rates on savings accounts.

Conditions improve for smaller manufacturers

Trading conditions may not be quite as gloomy for UK manufacturers than they were three months ago, according to the latest CBI survey.

Easier rates payment scheme could be hit by admin problems

A scheme aimed at helping firms pay their business rates may face delays because of problems in implementing it.

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