Regulations

Automatic rate relief bill wins MPs’ support

A business group is pushing for automatic rate relief for small firms to become law.

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Europe aims to cut accounting costs for small firms

The European Commission has put forward plans exempting small companies from having to file audit reports with national authorities.

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Company accounts filing deadline Corporation tax return date

Delay new business laws, says FSB

The government should look at postponing the introduction of new business laws that could cost small firms up to £800 million.

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No 'need' for new health and safety legal duties

An employers’ group has claimed that there is no need for the government to create new laws which would add to the health and safety duties of company directors as the present system is working well.

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Right to request time off for training to exclude agency workers

New legislation, giving employees the right to request time off for training, will not be extended to include agency staff.

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Apprenticeships bill seeks to boost training levels

The government’s Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill has been published, representing the first complete overhaul of apprenticeship legislation for nearly 200 years.

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Hike in unfair dismissal claims

The economic downturn has seen a rise in the number of insurance claims made by SMEs facing legal action from employees who are citing unfair dismissal.

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Increase in minimum redundancy pay

Employers are being reminded of increases to the amount of an employee’s weekly earnings that count towards statutory redundancy pay.

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