Business management

Guidance on equality regulations too 'complex' for smaller firms

A document drawn up to help small firms comply with regulations that will be introduced under the new Equality Act could end up defeating its own objectives.

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Late payments total billions for SMEs

Almost three-quarters of small firms have been hit by the late payment of bills during the past year, new figures suggest.

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Recession takes its toll of training budgets

The economic downturn has had a significant impact on the funds invested by businesses in training.

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Urgent action needed to improve management standards

Raising the standards of British business management needs to be much higher on the political agenda, it has been claimed.

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Employees get right to ask for training

As from 6 April, many employees have the right to ask their employers for time to train.

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Fit notes in major overhaul of sick leave system

Employees who are off work sick for more than seven days, as from 6 April, are to be issued with ‘fit notes’ rather than sick notes by their GPs.

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Budget offered some 'key' measures for small firms

A leading business group has identified a number of announcements in the Budget that will help smaller firms.

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Higher fees for new workers’ pension scheme

The government’s plans to establish a workplace pension scheme for lower paid employees have been criticised after it was revealed that people who join initially will have to pay a 2 per cent contribution fee.

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Employment regulations 'jeopardising' job creation

Complex employment rules are posing a threat to the competitiveness of UK business and the ability of firms to create jobs, a new report has claimed.

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Adopt flexible working patterns to beat road congestion

Firms are being urged to introduce innovative work patterns in order to cope with congestion on the UK’s roads.

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