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Micro businesses need more help with training

The UK’s smallest businesses are losing out on government-backed training schemes and should have a dedicated skills body that more effectively represents their needs.

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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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Skills funding described as 'untenable'

Government plans for funding workplace skills programmes need urgent clarification, a leading business organisation has said.

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Online filing boost for employers’ returns

The vast majority of employers filed their annual returns online this year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

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Firms need extra time to deal with pension deficits

The CBI has urged a change to the pension system in order to allow businesses extra breathing space in which to make good the shortfalls in their final salary schemes.

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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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IR35 comes under fire for its negligible tax take

Figures have been released showing that the IR35 tax regulations are producing an average of just £1.5 million a year in tax revenues.

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Strict new measures to back employment tribunal payments

New enforcement measures are to be introduced to make sure that employers pay the full amount of any tribunal awards.

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Employers urged to avoid late-filing penalties for annual returns

Firms have been reminded by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that the date for submitting their 2008-09 employer annual returns has passed but that they could still avoid late-filing penalties.

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More and more firms are keeping wages on hold

One in three of the businesses included in a recent survey froze their wages in April.

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