Business management

Allow employees time off to volunteer, says business group

Employers should be encouraged to allow workers time off work to take part in volunteer schemes.

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Employers express dismay at retirement age change

Employers’ groups have voiced worries at the Government’s decision to go ahead with plans to abolish the default retirement age of 65.

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Government confirms end of default retirement age

The Government has said that, according to plan, the default retirement age of 65 is to be phased out between 6 April and 1 October 2011.

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Job creation plans must include smaller firms

Small businesses must be central to Government strategies for private sector job creation, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Interns should be paid wages

Interns who work for three months or longer should be paid a wage, a business group has argued.

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Firms get reminder on corporation tax changes

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued a reminder about important changes that will be affecting corporation tax this April.

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Employment tribunal system requires urgent reform

A leading business group has urged that the current employment tribunal system be reviewed in order to cut down on the number of spurious claims that are being lodged.

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Private sector pay rises could be sub-inflationary

The pay awards granted by private firms in 2011 could lag behind the rate of inflation, a new report has suggested.

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Small firms struggling on pensions

The workplace pension contributions made by smaller firms are failing to keep pace with the rising costs of pension funds, a new survey has found.

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More thinking needed ahead of retirement age change

The government has been urged to clarify its thinking on the planned scrapping of the default retirement age in order to avoid the risk of extra tribunal claims.

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