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Lift red tape barriers to apprenticeships, says business group

A leading business group has called on the Government to make it easier for smaller firms to invest in apprenticeship training.

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Late invoice payment back on the agenda

Late payments of business invoices have risen to their highest level for three years, a new report has found.

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Government acts to change unfair dismissal tribunal system

Staff who believe they have been unfairly dismissed could, in future, face extra barriers when taking their employers to an employment tribunal.

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VAT rise could put pressure on smaller firms

As many as one in three of small businesses will struggle to cope with the recent VAT rise, a new survey has claimed.

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Plans to give parents more flexible leave

The Government has indicated it plans to provide working parents with a greater degree of flexibility in the leave they are allowed to take.

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Allow employees time off to volunteer, says business group

Employers should be encouraged to allow workers time off work to take part in volunteer schemes.

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Employers express dismay at retirement age change

Employers’ groups have voiced worries at the Government’s decision to go ahead with plans to abolish the default retirement age of 65.

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Government confirms end of default retirement age

The Government has said that, according to plan, the default retirement age of 65 is to be phased out between 6 April and 1 October 2011.

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