Business management

Sickness absence shows a decline

Employees are taking fewer sick days according to new research.

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Unfair dismissal changes may not boost employment

Plans by the Government to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims from one to two years may not raise recruitment levels, it has been argued.

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Drop tax-free limit on workplace financial advice

The Government should look at lifting the £150 tax-free limit on independent financial advice paid for by employers.

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Small firms downgrade recruitment plans

Hopes that the economic recovery can be fuelled by widespread job creation among smaller employers may need to be tempered.

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Employers given filing reminder

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded employers of the importance of filing their annual returns on time.

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Small firms need protection against vexatious claims

A business group has urged the Government to do more to help those small employers facing claims from employees who seek to exploit employment regulations.

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Thousands log on to red tape website

The Government has said that its new website aimed at reducing the level of business red tape has already attracted 6,000 suggestions on ways of tackling the burden of regulation compliance.

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Employment tribunal system is failing

The CBI has described the employment tribunal system as slow, legalistic and antagonistic in its submission to the Government’s consultation on reforms to the way that workplace disputes are resolved.

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Recruiting staff costly and time intensive for firms

Taking on staff consumes too much time and money, a new survey has suggested.

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