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Emergency Budget 2010: employers offered national insurance boost

It has been a matter of policy for the government to reverse plans of the previous administration to push up national insurance contributions by 1 per cent as from next April.

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Emergency Budget 2010: Speech begins

The Chancellor, George Osborne has risen to his feet in the House of Commons at 12.30 pm and has embarked on what is regarded as one of the most important and far-reaching Budget speeches in a generation.

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Government confirms minimum wage increase

The Government has confirmed that the recommended rises in the national minimum wage made by the Low Pay Commission will come into effect in October.

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Call for over-haul of UK labour laws

The CBI has put forward a series of proposals aimed at changing labour market and employment rules.

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Chancellor to offer one-year employer NIC holiday

The emergency Budget is to give new businesses a one-year break from paying employers’ national insurance contributions on the first ten staff they employ.

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Tax changes should go 'hand-in-hand' with growth plans

The Chancellor must temper measures aimed at reducing the deficit in the public finances with plans to help businesses innovate, grow and employ, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

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Deficit reduction policies must not 'hit' small firms

A business group has urged the government to combat the budget deficit in a way that does not harm smaller firms.

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Sick leave shows a drop

The average employee took 6.4 days off sick last year, the lowest rate since 1987, a new survey has revealed.

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