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A guide to the anti-discrimination laws

It is thought that somewhere between 15% and 25% of the UK's population either have some form of disability or play a part in looking after someone who is disabled.

The purpose of the Disability Discrimination Act [DDA] is to prevent people, whether they are employees or customers, suffering disadvantages as a result of their disability.

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Insuring your business

Adequate insurance is fundamentally important for a business. And in many cases, it is actually a legal obligation.

What follows is a brief guide to the types of insurance a business must have and the types of insurance it might consider desirable.

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Plans to go ahead with extending flexible working rights criticised

The government’s intention to press ahead with plans to allow all workers the right to request flexible working has been criticised by a leading business group.

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Small firms shun flexible working

Fewer than one in ten smaller employers allow their employees to work flexibly, a new study has claimed.

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Lack of publicity spend should mean freeze on new regulations

The government’s decision to reduce the amount of money it spends on publicising changes to employment laws should be matched by a freeze on new rules, a business group has argued.

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Pension plans could prove costly

The new automatic enrolment pension scheme, which is due to be phased in from 2012, could prove expensive for smaller firms, it has been claimed.

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Business migration rules could penalise smaller employers

Smaller firms could be unfairly treated if plans go ahead to allow large companies to sidestep the rules on the number of non-EU workers who are allowed to enter the UK, a leading business group has claimed.

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Government confirms employers must provide pensions

All British businesses, whatever their size, will be expected to offer employees the chance to join a workplace pension scheme, the government has confirmed.

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