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Small firms must have fairer chance sooner to win public contracts

The Chancellor should bring forward plans designed to help more small businesses win government contracts in the Budget, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Action required to enable firms to retain staff

More needs to be done by the government to help smaller employers hold on to their staff during the recession.

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More working parents get the right to request flexible hours

Parents with children aged up to 16 have the right to ask their employers for flexible working patterns as from 6 April.

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New process for resolving workplace disputes

As from 6 April, there is a new process for solving disciplinary and grievance issues at work.

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No progress in EU working time opt-out talks

Talks between government officials and MEPs at a meeting of the EU’s conciliation committee have failed to find a solution to differences over proposed changes to the Working Time Directive.

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Business concerned by regulatory budgets decision

Plans that would have seen government departments limited by budgetary scrutiny in the amount of regulation they could produce each year have been put on hold, disappointing business groups.

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Minimum wage should be 'frozen' to save jobs

With the national minimum wage marking its tenth anniversary this week, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for a freeze in any increase this year.

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New business regulations come into effect

The arrival of April marks one of the year’s two common commencement dates and, with it, a raft of changes to business rules and regulations.

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Major overhaul proposed for rules on parental leave

Radical changes to the regulations on maternity and paternity leave have been put forward that could see new fathers getting more paid time off work.

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Company accounts filing deadline
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