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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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Pay apprentices more, urges business group

Apprenticeships should be rewarded with a pay rise and should be given more government support, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has argued.

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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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Incorrect tax codes affect millions of employees

There has been a rise in the number of queries that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has received concerning incorrect employee tax codes.

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Drop in sick leave at private sector firms

Employees working for private firms are taking less time off sick, a new report has revealed.

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Small business internships would help graduate employment

The government has been urged to create 5,000 graduate internships in smaller businesses as a way of combating rising unemployment among those leaving university.

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Review urges firms to engage with their employees

An independent review has said that involving employees fully in the future of their firms will help businesses to innovate and take advantage of new opportunities.

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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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Pension funds deeper in deficit

The financial shortfall for pension funds worsened in June, according to official figures.

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Review could signal end of compulsory retirement age

The government’s announcement that it is to bring forward a planned review of the default retirement age could mean that employers may lose the right to force staff to retire at 65.

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