Business management

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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Workers soon to get right to ask to train

Employers are being reminded that new rules on the training rights of employees come into force in April.

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New business regulations come into effect this April

Each year, the government introduces regulatory changes affecting businesses on two common commencement dates. These dates are 6 April and 1 October.

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Regulation burden is 'hampering' enterprise

The cost to business of complying with government regulation is running at £80 billion a year, a report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) has claimed.

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EU committee proposes longer maternity leave

A committee of the European Parliament has produced draft legislation which, if it is approved, would extend maternity leave.

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Managers leave their jobs in growing numbers

The number of managers who left their positions rose last year even in the face of the recession, a new report has revealed.

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