Business management

Small firms unprepared for change to retirement age

Large numbers of smaller employers are not ready for a major change in employment law which comes into effect as from October.

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Employers offered guidance on new pension regulations

The Pensions Regulator has issued guidelines for employers on how to deal with the upcoming new mandatory, auto-enrolment workplace pension scheme.

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Regulations costing businesses billions annually

Small firms are spending a collective £16.8 billion a year complying with business regulations, it has been claimed.

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Fathers turning down chance of paternity leave

There is evidence that new fathers are unwilling to take up the parental leave rights available to them because families are worried about the subsequent loss of earnings.

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Government wants views on integrating income tax and NI

The Government has published preliminary, guideline ideas for merging income tax and national insurance and is keen to collect evidence on the matter.

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Make carbon reporting mandatory but also flexible

The CBI has said that the Government needs to make carbon emission reporting mandatory but also urged a simplification of the rules.

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Stability not more changes needed for equity markets

The announcement by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, that the Government is to conduct a review of the way that the UK’s equity markets work has been greeted with a degree of scepticism by a leading business group.

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Smaller firms have doubts about non-executive directors

A percentage of smaller, entrepreneurial businesses have concerns over the efficacy of employing non-executive directors.

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