Regulations

Red tape costs Scottish companies an extra £600 million

The burden of complying with regulations for Scottish companies went up by £600 million in 2008, according to estimates by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

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Flexible working rights to be extended

As from 6 April, parents with children aged up to 16 will have the right to request flexible working, the government has confirmed.

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Small employers 'unaware' of extra holidays for staff

A large number of small firms appear to be unaware that the statutory minimum holiday entitlement is to rise for employees.

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EU discussions begin on UK working time opt-out

Talks have started in Brussels on whether the UK is to retain its opt-out from the EU’s Working Time Directive.

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Recession to rule out compulsory equal pay reviews

The government is to be advised not to push ahead with the planned introduction of compulsory equal pay reviews in the forthcoming Equalities Bill.

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New code of practice for workplace discipline agreed

The draft code of practice from Acas on the new rules governing discipline and grievance procedures at work has been approved by Parliament.

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Small firms to get support on regulation compliance

The government has announced that it is to set up a pilot scheme aimed at helping smaller businesses comply with health and safety and employment rules.

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European court rules in favour of UK retirement age

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has judged that the UK’s retirement age of 65 does not contravene EU regulations.

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Business recovery plan launched by BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its strategy for helping businesses recover from the recession.

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Call to delay new rules on temporary workers' rights

The introduction of rules giving additional employment rights to temporary workers should be postponed until 2011, employment groups have argued.

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