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Action required to enable firms to retain staff

More needs to be done by the government to help smaller employers hold on to their staff during the recession.

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Employers may need to pay more to safeguard pensions after the recession

Plans have been mooted to raise the amounts that employers pay to protect company pension funds during periods of economic growth in order to balance a fall in the sums they pay during bad times.

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More working parents get the right to request flexible hours

Parents with children aged up to 16 have the right to ask their employers for flexible working patterns as from 6 April.

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New process for resolving workplace disputes

As from 6 April, there is a new process for solving disciplinary and grievance issues at work.

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Businesses offered training support

The government has launched a new service that gives firms access to free advice and support on training.

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No progress in EU working time opt-out talks

Talks between government officials and MEPs at a meeting of the EU’s conciliation committee have failed to find a solution to differences over proposed changes to the Working Time Directive.

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Minimum wage should be 'frozen' to save jobs

With the national minimum wage marking its tenth anniversary this week, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for a freeze in any increase this year.

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Business and personal tax changes introduced

As well as changes to the rules governing employers and businesses, this April's common commencement date also introduces some amendments to the tax system.

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Major overhaul proposed for rules on parental leave

Radical changes to the regulations on maternity and paternity leave have been put forward that could see new fathers getting more paid time off work.

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Important changes to the tax system

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding taxpayers that a number of important new measures are due to come into effect in April.

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