Business management

Default Retirement Age officially ends

Employers are no longer able to force older workers to retire once they reach 65 years of age following a gradual phasing out of the Default Retirement Age (DRA).

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Agency Workers Regulations a 'drag' on businesses, says CBI

Regulations that stipulate the same employment and working conditions for agency workers as permanent staff are costly, time consuming and prevent job creation, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

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Business group calls for speedier end to cheque payments

Plans to axe the cheque by 2018 should be brought forward to reduce the number of businesses struggling with late payment, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.

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Regulation locking disadvantaged groups out of employment, says FSB

Increased regulation for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is locking disadvantaged groups out of the workforce, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

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Social media insurance launched in the UK - is your data protected?

Individuals and businesses are being reminded to think twice about the personal data they upload onto social media sites in order to protect themselves from hackers and ID fraud.

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Employers aware of ageing workforce health issues

More than a third of businesses believe that health issues arising from an ageing workforce will have an impact on their organisation, a survey by Aviva has found.

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Business travel is unproductive, say employees

Over a quarter of business travellers say the experience is having a negative impact on their job satisfaction, a YouGov survey commissioned by Concur has found.

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School leavers ill equipped for work, say businesses

Eight in ten businesses believe school leavers lack the basic skills needed for work and that more should be done to get them prepared for employment, research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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Half of small business owners rely on their spouse

More than half of small trade businesses rely on their partners to help run the business, research by Direct Line for Business (DL4B) has found.

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Employment tribunals: cheaper for employers to settle?

Employers are choosing to settle employee disputes out of court in order to save legal costs, a law expert has suggested.

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