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New pension rules could adversely affect temporary employment

The government has been advised to give serious consideration to the impact that new pension rules may have on temporary workers, employers and the flexibility of the labour market.

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Minimum wage mooted for apprentices

The government has asked the Low Pay Commission to look at the case for introducing a national minimum wage for apprentices.

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Health and safety guidance to be made free online

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it is to give away its guides on workplace safety for free as from the autumn.

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Paternity leave plans may be reviewed

Reports suggesting that the government may look again at plans to extend paternity leave have received a welcome from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Firms regularly breaking the rules on data protection

Almost one out of five firms have at some point unknowingly breached the Data Protection Act, according to new research.

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Late payment a problem, VAT cut of little help, say businesses

A new survey has revealed that for many firms delays in invoice settlement are on the increase, while the reduction of the VAT rate has not been effective in tackling the downturn in business.

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Red tape imposing costly 'burden' on European businesses

The cumulative cost to Europe’s businesses of the various regulations and rules with which they must comply amounts to €1 trillion over the past 11 years, it has been claimed.

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Sick notes to be replaced with 'fit notes'

The government has unveiled the introduction of a new ‘fit note’ scheme aimed at encouraging employees to stay in work rather than join the long-term sick.

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Default retirement age should be dropped

Laws that allow employers to oblige employees to retire at 65 should be scrapped.

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Inefficient scrutiny of EU regulations hurting UK firms

The lack of a proper relationship between the UK’s regulatory system and that of the EU is compromising the competitiveness of British businesses, it has been claimed.

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