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Help for smaller firms to cut their carbon emissions

The Carbon Trust Standard has made it easier and more cost effective for the UK’s SMEs to cut their carbon footprints and to reduce their energy costs.

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MEPs urged to vote down new maternity leave rules

A leading business group has called on the European Parliament to reject plans to extend maternity leave on full pay to 20 weeks.

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Health and safety rules stifling businesses

The government’s review of the UK’s health and safety laws needs to concentrate on removing administrative barriers to enterprise and business growth, according to the Forum of Private Business.

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PAYE reforms will need time and money

Government plans to introduce far-reaching changes to the PAYE system are worth exploring, the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has said, but will involve substantial amounts of time, money and attention to detail if they are to work.

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Concerns raised over new business regulations

As the 2010 Equality Act comes into force, a leading business group has expressed worries over the effect that new business regulations will have on the ability of the private sector to create jobs and drive the recovery.

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Majority of employers not ready for pension reforms

Just 20 per cent of the UK’s smaller employers have started to assess the likely financial impact of planned major reforms to the pensions system.

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EU maternity leave proposals deemed 'unaffordable'

A leading business group has described changes to maternity leave planned by the EU as “unaffordable”.

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Employers unprepared for older workforces

A third of UK workers could be aged over 50 by 2020, but employers are not ready for the changes, a new report has claimed.

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