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Right to request time off for training to exclude agency workers

New legislation, giving employees the right to request time off for training, will not be extended to include agency staff.

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Apprenticeships bill seeks to boost training levels

The government’s Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill has been published, representing the first complete overhaul of apprenticeship legislation for nearly 200 years.

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Hike in unfair dismissal claims

The economic downturn has seen a rise in the number of insurance claims made by SMEs facing legal action from employees who are citing unfair dismissal.

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Increase in minimum redundancy pay

Employers are being reminded of increases to the amount of an employee’s weekly earnings that count towards statutory redundancy pay.

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Corporation tax return date

Regulations still ignoring adverse effects on businesses

A report has found that government departments are still putting together legislation that affects businesses without due consideration of the cost to firms.

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Company accounts filing deadline

Review recommends action on small business regulation

An independent review of the regulations affecting small businesses has made a number of recommendations aimed at helping firms comply with the law.

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Employment rules guide to help small businesses

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a guide to help small firms cope with the economic downturn.

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Recommendation on new minimum wage delayed

The government has accepted a request from the Low Pay Commission to delay an announcement of its recommendations on this year’s rise in the national minimum wage.

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