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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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Job creation plans must include smaller firms

Small businesses must be central to Government strategies for private sector job creation, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Interns should be paid wages

Interns who work for three months or longer should be paid a wage, a business group has argued.

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Firms get reminder on corporation tax changes

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued a reminder about important changes that will be affecting corporation tax this April.

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