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Employers support apprenticeship initiatives

Firms have given their backing to government plans to raise the number of apprenticeship places available and to improve the apprenticeship system, a new report has said.

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HMRC creates PAYE podcast

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a podcast setting out imminent changes to the PAYE filing system for larger SME employers.

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Keeping talented staff 'important' during the downturn

Retaining talented employees is still a priority for many firms, despite the pressures of the economic downturn.

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Revenue offers guidance on new inspection rules

As from 1 April 2009, new legislation will affect the way that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) conducts enquiries, visits and inspections.

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Apprenticeships bill seeks to boost training levels

The government’s Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill has been published, representing the first complete overhaul of apprenticeship legislation for nearly 200 years.

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More employers should consider apprenticeships

A leading business group has argued that greater numbers of small firms should look at the benefits that taking on apprentices may have to offer.

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Hike in unfair dismissal claims

The economic downturn has seen a rise in the number of insurance claims made by SMEs facing legal action from employees who are citing unfair dismissal.

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Increase in minimum redundancy pay

Employers are being reminded of increases to the amount of an employee’s weekly earnings that count towards statutory redundancy pay.

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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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HMRC issues penalty warning on employer annual returns

Employers are being advised that, as from 26 January, HM Revenue and Customs is sending out penalty notices to those firms that have yet to file their 2007/08 employer’s annual return.

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