Employees

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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Poor workplace skills blamed for low take-up of SME apprenticeships

Only nine per cent of small firms have taken on an apprentice in the last year with many believing they are not beneficial to their business, a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

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Quarter of small businesses unaware of PAYE shake-up

A quarter of small firms are oblivious to major upcoming changes to the pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) system which will alter their payroll reporting duties to HMRC, a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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