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Business red tape cuts come into force

Businesses will benefit from dozens of cuts to regulations which came into force this week, including a simplification of the ways firms can use assets to raise finance, the Government has said.

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Large rise in number of zero-hour contracts

The number of workers on contracts with no guarantee of regular hours or pay doubled to 200,000 during the last six months of 2012, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Social media vital in creating 'employee voice'

Lack of understanding and a resistance to embracing social media is preventing greater employee communication and holding businesses back, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed.

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Employers to design own apprenticeship schemes

Employers will be able to design and develop their own apprenticeship standards and qualifications, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced.

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Millions leaving work to care for family members

Millions of UK adults are leaving employment or reducing working hours to care for an elderly, disabled or seriously ill family member, according to research from Carers UK and business forum Employers for Carers.

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Tighter rules needed for Prompt Payment Code, says business group

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has called for changes to the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) after learning that large companies with payment times as long as 90 days are planning to sign up.

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Illegal software downloads prolific in small businesses

More than half (52 per cent) of small businesses in the UK have either bought or downloaded illegal computer software, according to research from BSA | The Software Alliance.

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SMEs are tech-savvy - but struggle switching off

The majority of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have mastered the use of technology in the workplace but feel overwhelmed by the intrusion it is causing in their personal lives, according to research from business insurer Hiscox.

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Employees welcome auto-enrolment but businesses remain unprepared

Most individuals welcome the Government's drive to automatically enrol eligible employees into a qualifying pension scheme, however many employers are unprepared for their responsibilities, research from the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) has found.

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New measures proposed to tackle anti-competitive behaviour

Small businesses and consumers could benefit from a fast-track process when taking legal action against businesses that compete unfairly, under new measures proposed by competition minister Jo Swinson.

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