Employees

Gender pay gap at record low

The average pay gap between men and women has shrunk to its lowest figure since comparative records began in 1997, official figures reveal.

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Employers generous with auto-enrolment contributions

Employers are contributing more to employee pension pots than is legally required under auto-enrolment, research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found.

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Stress-related absences increase

A quarter of employees have taken time off work due to stress in the last year, research by Friends Life has found.

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Small employers lack liability insurance

More than half of small businesses do not have employers' liability cover, a survey by AXA Business Insurance has found.

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Tribunal says holiday pay should include overtime

Thousands of businesses are facing additional costs after a tribunal ruled that overtime should be included in holiday pay calculations.

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Employment costs for small firms revealed

Small businesses pay an average of £35,500 to hire their first employee, according to research by the Centre for Economic and Business Research and the Federation of Small Businesses.

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IR35 self-assessment scrapped

Businesses will no longer be able to self-assess their risk to IR35 from April 2015, HMRC has announced.

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Income protection reforms proposed

Income protection for employees should be built into the workplace to ensure people are properly protected in the event of long term sickness or injury, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has said.

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Female representation on boards increases

The number of women on the boards of FTSE 100-listed companies has continued to increase, government figures have shown.

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Majority of firms lack faith in young people

Nearly 9 in 10 businesses think young people leaving school are not prepared for the workplace, a study by the British Chambers of Commerce has found.

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