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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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New health and safety penalties come into force

Businesses are being reminded that the penalties for breaking workplace health and safety laws have increased following the introduction of the Health and Safety Offences Act 2008.

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Holiday rights for employees on long-term sick leave

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employees who have been on long-term sick leave can take all the paid annual holiday they have accumulated while off work.

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Local government plan to support smaller firms

Councils have promised to take a series of measures aimed at supporting local businesses through the economic downturn.

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Call to ease employment regulations

The government needs to review the burden imposed on employers by employment rules and regulations in order to tackle unemployment and to make sure the jobs market grows once the downturn is over.

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Don’t reduce safety training, employers advised

Employers are being warned not to reduce levels of workplace safety training as a way of saving costs.

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Companies face increase in late filing penalties

Companies that are late in submitting their annual accounts to Companies House will have to pay more in penalties.

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