Employees

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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Pension tax relief measures will add to employer costs

The government’s decision to go ahead with plans to impose restrictions on pensions tax relief for higher earners will create administrative burdens for employers, it has been argued.

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Employment tribunals get extra powers

Employees who are awarded tribunal claims against employers will soon be given additional powers for securing their money.

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Minimum wage to rise by 2.2 per cent

The government has announced that the national minimum wage is to rise by 2.2 per cent.

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Budget 2010: business reaction

Business groups have greeted the Budget with a guarded welcome. But while the measures designed to help businesses were applauded, doubts were expressed about the lack of a detailed plan for tackling the budget deficit.

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HMRC issues update on incorrect PAYE codes

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has provided employers with more information on how the problem of a series of incorrect tax codes is being handled.

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No new taxes and a moratorium on regulations, says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called on the government not to impose new business taxes and to reduce the burden of red tape in its Budget submission.

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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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