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End of auto-rollover energy contracts for businesses

Small businesses will no longer be locked into 'automatic rollover' energy contracts after five of the UK's 'big six' energy companies agreed to end the practice.

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School-leavers need better workplace skills, say business groups

Young people in the UK are leaving school unprepared for employment and the workplace, business groups have said.

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Bonus pay gap widens

The bonus pay gap between women and men is widening as some male managers earn bonuses which are on average double those for women, according to figures from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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Zero-hour contracts reach million mark

New research suggests that the number of workers on zero- hour contracts - those which offer no guarantee of hours or pay - is more widespread than thought.

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Northern Ireland SMEs need more employment support

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need more support and guidance about their employment rights and responsibilities, a report published by the Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) has found.

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Employment tribunal fees now in force

Workers who take employment disputes to court will now have to pay fees under new legislation in place across the UK.

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Scotland: Firms need clarity on referendum

Scottish businesses need more clarity on how the referendum will affect them before voting on whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become independent, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said.

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Customers increasingly aware of data rights

Businesses will need to realise the commercial importance of handling customer data correctly in order to succeed in 2013, the head of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.

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Relaxed RTI rules extended to April 2014

The temporary relaxation of real-time information (RTI) reporting rules for small businesses will be extended until April 2014, HMRC has announced.

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Cyber crime costs SMEs up to £800 million

Cyber security breaches and fraud are costing small businesses around £785 million a year, a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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