Employees

Long-term sickness advisory service to benefit small businesses

The Government will launch a new, independent assessment and advisory service for businesses in 2014, aimed at getting people back to work following long-term sickness absence.

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Government consults on 'traineeship' scheme for young adults

School-leavers could be offered a support and skills programme to better equip them for the job market, under plans announced by the Government.

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BIS plans to halve the consultation period for large-scale redundancies

The Government is to press ahead with plans to reduce the consultation period before large-scale redundancies can take place from 90 to 45 days.

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Concerns over employee 'shares for rights' initiative

A new initiative allowing employees to forfeit certain employment rights in exchange for tax-exempt shares in their employer company could cost the Government billions in lost revenues and put employees at risk, various bodies have warned.

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HMRC confirms late RTI penalties

Details on the penalties for late and inaccurate returns submitted via the new Real Time Information (RTI) system have been published by HMRC.

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EU drops plans for gender quotas on company boards

Proposals to impose mandatory quotas to get more women into executive boardroom positions have been dropped by the European Commission (EC) following concerns from business groups.

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Calls for Gift Aid revamp as charitable donations fall

Charity groups are calling for a modernisation of Gift Aid and Payroll Giving schemes after a report revealed a 20 per cent drop in donations last year.

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Northern Ireland: £200m worth of initiatives announced

A range of measures designed to create and sustain employment opportunities in the local jobs market has been launched by the Northern Ireland Executive.

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Government announces parental leave reform

Parents will be able to share up to a year's parental leave under plans announced by the Government that will 'revolutionise' lives at home and work.

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Consultation seeks to lift restrictions on auto-enrolment scheme

A consultation into restrictions placed on one of the schemes available to employers for automatic pension enrolment has been launched by the Government.

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