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Consumers should be able to sue for compensation

Consumers are losing some £3.3 billion a year to underhand sales practices and should have the right to take traders who behave unlawfully to court in order to win compensation, a watchdog has argued.

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Stakeholder pensions could be approaching 'obsolescence'

Sales of stakeholder pensions have fallen by 28 per cent in the last year, prompting speculation that the schemes are nearing the end of their usefulness.

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Recession pushes green policies down the business agenda

Smaller businesses are devoting less attention to green policies as they cope with the economic downturn, a new survey has revealed.

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Chance to offer views on business rates revaluation

Firms are being reminded that they can express their views on the transitional arrangements for the next business rates revaluation.

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Parking tax system could be 'abused'

Honest firms may find themselves penalised by the new Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) scheme, it has been claimed.

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New minimum pay rate for apprentices

The minimum weekly wage for apprentices has increased as from 1 August.

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Keep new temporary worker regulations simple

Employment groups have called on the government to ensure that new rules giving temporary workers the right to equal treatment do not add to the administrative burdens of employers.

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Small firms 'confused' over health and safety regulations

The confusion and uncertainty that many smaller businesses experience when it comes to complying with health and safety rules could be costing millions each year.

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Plans mooted to extend self-certification sick note period

Proposals are being discussed to allow employees to self-certify sick leave for a longer period during any swine flu pandemic.

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High Court hearing for retirement age case

A case contesting the right of employers to force workers to retire at 65 has reached the High Court.

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