Business management

Warning over changes to unfair dismissal laws

Upcoming changes to employment law and regulations could result in an additional 2.7 million workers with an increased risk of losing their jobs, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has warned.

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Finance Bill 2012 published

The Government has published the Finance Bill 2012, in which tax measures announced in Budget 2011 and 2012 come into force.

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Stamp prices to increase by nearly 40%

The cost of first and second class stamps is to rise after the regulator Ofcom granted Royal Mail greater freedom to set its own prices.

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Pension auto-enrolment thresholds confirmed to rise

The earnings thresholds for automatic pension enrolment will be aligned with tax and national insurance contributions, the Government has confirmed following consultations.

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Business groups want red tape further scrutinised

The independent regulatory body designed to monitor Government business regulations should be granted greater powers if it is to defend small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) against new regulations, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Online VAT filing: Are you ready?

HMRC has issued a reminder that all VAT registered businesses in the UK will now have to submit their VAT returns online, and also pay any VAT owed electronically, from 1 April.

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Loan scheme for small businesses launched

A new Government backed loan scheme worth £20 billion aimed at boosting lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched by the Chancellor.

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Report advises removal of NEST pension restrictions

Restrictions on the Government's auto-enrolment solution, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), should be lifted if it is to prove effective in encouraging retirement saving, a new report has said.

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Workers sick on holiday to be granted additional leave

Employees will have a legal right to claim back annual leave if they become ill whilst on holiday, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided.

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Proposed tribunal fees stir up mixed reactions

Business groups have given varied responses to proposed tribunal and redundancy reforms, following the end of a Government consultation on the two systems on 6 March.

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