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Business Regulation

Employment laws included in Queen’s speech

The government’s last Queen’s speech before the next general election contained a number of measures affecting business and the economy.

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Keep new business regulations on hold and review red tape

There should be a freeze on new business legislation until the government has had the chance to assess the effects of red tape on smaller firms.

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Tax breaks and supportive regulations urged for start-ups

Small firms that have just started up should be allowed to benefit from tax exemptions in the two years of trading, a new report has argued.

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Pay audits not efficient way of closing the gender earnings gap

Pay audits have been described as a blunt instrument when it comes to helping to combat the gap in earnings between men and women.

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New rules proposed for employment agencies

The government has set out a series of new regulations affecting the conduct of agencies that supply temporary workers.

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New EU rules on refunds could 'affect' consumer confidence

The rules that allow consumers to get their money back on faulty goods could be at risk because of proposed European changes, it has been claimed, and any change may harm consumer confidence.

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Apprentices 'deserve' minimum wage

All apprentices should be paid an hourly national minimum wage, the TUC has said.

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Don't cut spending at expense of business support, says FPB

The government should not reduce its support for businesses when it comes to deciding where public spending cuts must be made but should do more to ease the tax burden on smaller firms.

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Regulations still 'burdensome', say businesses

Firms believe that complying with business regulations has not become any easier or any less time-consuming, a new survey has revealed.

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Businesses may get extra time for VAT repricing

The government is considering whether to allow businesses more time to update price labels in shops once the rate of VAT reverts to 17.5 per cent at the end of the year.

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