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New code of practice for workplace discipline agreed

The draft code of practice from Acas on the new rules governing discipline and grievance procedures at work has been approved by Parliament.

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Small firms to get support on regulation compliance

The government has announced that it is to set up a pilot scheme aimed at helping smaller businesses comply with health and safety and employment rules.

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European court rules in favour of UK retirement age

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has judged that the UK’s retirement age of 65 does not contravene EU regulations.

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Business recovery plan launched by BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its strategy for helping businesses recover from the recession.

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Call to delay new rules on temporary workers' rights

The introduction of rules giving additional employment rights to temporary workers should be postponed until 2011, employment groups have argued.

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Automatic rate relief bill wins MPs’ support

A business group is pushing for automatic rate relief for small firms to become law.

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Europe aims to cut accounting costs for small firms

The European Commission has put forward plans exempting small companies from having to file audit reports with national authorities.

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Delay new business laws, says FSB

The government should look at postponing the introduction of new business laws that could cost small firms up to £800 million.

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No 'need' for new health and safety legal duties

An employers’ group has claimed that there is no need for the government to create new laws which would add to the health and safety duties of company directors as the present system is working well.

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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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