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Shared parental leave changes give more flexibility

New rules regarding shared parental leave have come into effect, allowing parents and adopters more flexibility in how they care for their child during its first year of life.

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Small Business Act becomes law

A range of measures aimed at supporting the UK's small business sector have become law as the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act gained royal assent.

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Small firms lack confidence in late payment rules

Small businesses do not trust the Prompt Payment Code to effectively tackle the UK's poor payment culture, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Calls to simplify self-employed tax status

Working out the employment status of workers should be made easier for businesses, according to a report from the Office of Tax Simplification.

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Raise minimum wage, says LPC

The national minimum wage should be increased by 3% in October 2015, according to the Low Pay Commission.

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Government outlines measures to tackle late payments

Business groups will be given new powers to tackle unfair payment practices under measures announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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Regulation not the answer for labour market, says CIPD

Changing employment regulation will have little effect on the UK labour market, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and The Work Foundation.

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Small employers not prepared for auto-enrolment

The majority of small and micro-employers have not set up a workplace pension scheme ahead of their auto-enrolment staging dates, according to research by the National Employment Savings Trust.

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Minimum wage offenders named

Employers who have not been paying their workers the National Minimum Wage have been named by Business Minister Jo Swinson.

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Auto-enrolment contribution increase could affect small firms

Employers and employees in small businesses could struggle to comply with an increase in auto-enrolment pension contributions, according to a report by the Association of Consulting Actuaries.

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