Business Regulation

Employee 'shares for rights' scheme comes into force

A new employment status that allows workers to waive certain rights - such as the ability to claim for unfair dismissal - in exchange for shares has come into effect.

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Employers who underpay will be named and shamed, says Government

Employers who fail to pay their workers the national minimum wage (NMW) will be publicly named under new plans announced by Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson.

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New planning rules put town centres first

An extension of planning and development regulations to make better use of empty buildings will revitalise UK high streets and rural towns, the Department for Communities and Local Government has said.

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Plastic bag charge worth £90 million to Scottish economy

Charging shoppers for single-use bags in Scotland could generate £90 million for the economy, a report by the Scottish Government says.

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Northern Ireland SMEs need more employment support

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need more support and guidance about their employment rights and responsibilities, a report published by the Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) has found.

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Employment tribunal fees now in force

Workers who take employment disputes to court will now have to pay fees under new legislation in place across the UK.

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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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