Regulations

Business group lays down priorities for Northern Ireland employment law reforms

Laws encouraging better engagement between employers and employees and reforms to the collective redundancy period are among the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Northern Ireland's list of priorities ahead of Executive consultations into employment laws in Northern Ireland.

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Government plans for greater liability of company directors

Company directors should be personally liable for misconduct or company failure, business secretary Vince Cable has said as part of an overhaul of company rules.

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RTI is largest cost of compliance for businesses

The new Real Time Information (RTI) process for calculating PAYE has been identified as one of the biggest drivers of costs for businesses, research by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has found.

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Red tape regulation cuts continue

Simplification of health and safety laws and employment tribunals are to be included in ongoing measures to cut business red tape regulations, business minister Michael Fallon has announced.

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Scotland: Firms need clarity on referendum

Scottish businesses need more clarity on how the referendum will affect them before voting on whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become independent, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said.

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Customers increasingly aware of data rights

Businesses will need to realise the commercial importance of handling customer data correctly in order to succeed in 2013, the head of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.

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Relaxed RTI rules extended to April 2014

The temporary relaxation of real-time information (RTI) reporting rules for small businesses will be extended until April 2014, HMRC has announced.

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Red tape freeze extended

From 2014, businesses with fewer than 50 employees are to benefit from the same regulatory exemptions that currently apply to smaller businesses, as the government continues its drive to reduce red tape.

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New MOT testing could hit small businesses

EU plans to introduce additional MOT testing on light trailers and tractors have been opposed by MEPs in Brussels.

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New law clarifies insurance cover

Changes to insurance laws which came into effect this month are likely to benefit consumers and the way they make claims.

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