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SMEs uncertain about flexible working

Nearly half (45%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are unaware of the upcoming changes to the law on flexible working, according to a study by Citrix/YouGov.

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Half of SMEs lack adequate insurance

Half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that need employers’ liability insurance don’t have it, according to research by AXA Business Insurance.

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Underpaid workers get £4.6 million in wage arrears

Underpaid workers received more than £4.6 million in minimum wage arrears during 2013/14, HM Revenue & Customs has said.

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New mortgage rules take effect

People applying for a mortgage are to face tougher financial checks, as the Financial Conduct Authority’s new market regulations take effect tomorrow (26 April 2014).

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Overdrafts poor value, says FCA

Overdraft terms set by lenders are "complex and opaque", the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said.

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Company accounts filing deadline

SMEs need consumer-level protection

Small and micro businesses need the same level of protection as consumers when buying utilities, according to a report by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Retirement options advice reforms

Pension providers will have to do more to help retirees turn their pension savings into a retirement income, under reforms announced by the Association of British Insurers.

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Business groups call for prompt payment reform

Business groups have called for reform of the Prompt Payment Code after data showed that more than half of Federation of Small Businesses members were not paid by the agreed date.

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National Minimum Wage penalties to increase

Employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage will face an increased penalty of up to £20,000, the Government has announced.

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