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No progress in EU working time opt-out talks

Talks between government officials and MEPs at a meeting of the EU’s conciliation committee have failed to find a solution to differences over proposed changes to the Working Time Directive.

Business concerned by regulatory budgets decision

Plans that would have seen government departments limited by budgetary scrutiny in the amount of regulation they could produce each year have been put on hold, disappointing business groups.

Minimum wage should be 'frozen' to save jobs

With the national minimum wage marking its tenth anniversary this week, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for a freeze in any increase this year.

Temporary savings deposits may get more protection

Savers who deposit large sums into their accounts could get a short-term increase in the level of protection guaranteed their money should the bank or building society get into difficulty.

Legal reforms to grant greater protection for Scottish associations

Golf clubs, charities, residents’ associations and other groups that are not set up as limited companies could enjoy greater protection if reforms in the law on “unincorporated associations” are put into effect.

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