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Business group launches guide for new employers

Many growing businesses are unsure about their obligations when taking on employees for the first time, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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£20m EU funding boost for Scottish businesses

Scotland is to invest £60 million into businesses supporting economic growth and employment bolstered by EU funding, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

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Three in five workers stressed at work

More than three in five workers (64 per cent) admit to feeling stressed at work, according to research from YouGov conducted on behalf of Westfield Health.

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Employers get savvy with staff benefits

More employers and HR professionals are aligning their staff benefit packages with the company's objectives, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found.

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Half of employers increase staff wages

Almost half (49 per cent) of small businesses with employees on the national minimum wage (NMW) have increased wages in the last 12 months or are considering raising pay in the future, research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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SMEs look set to hire

Small businesses in the UK are looking to take on more staff in the final months of 2013 compared with the previous quarter, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Employee 'shares for rights' scheme comes into force

A new employment status that allows workers to waive certain rights - such as the ability to claim for unfair dismissal - in exchange for shares has come into effect.

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Employers who underpay will be named and shamed, says Government

Employers who fail to pay their workers the national minimum wage (NMW) will be publicly named under new plans announced by Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson.

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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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