Business Regulation

Pay audits not efficient way of closing the gender earnings gap

Pay audits have been described as a blunt instrument when it comes to helping to combat the gap in earnings between men and women.

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New rules proposed for employment agencies

The government has set out a series of new regulations affecting the conduct of agencies that supply temporary workers.

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New EU rules on refunds could 'affect' consumer confidence

The rules that allow consumers to get their money back on faulty goods could be at risk because of proposed European changes, it has been claimed, and any change may harm consumer confidence.

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Apprentices 'deserve' minimum wage

All apprentices should be paid an hourly national minimum wage, the TUC has said.

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Don't cut spending at expense of business support, says FPB

The government should not reduce its support for businesses when it comes to deciding where public spending cuts must be made but should do more to ease the tax burden on smaller firms.

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Regulations still 'burdensome', say businesses

Firms believe that complying with business regulations has not become any easier or any less time-consuming, a new survey has revealed.

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Businesses may get extra time for VAT repricing

The government is considering whether to allow businesses more time to update price labels in shops once the rate of VAT reverts to 17.5 per cent at the end of the year.

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Government delays introduction of employment regulations

The government has chosen to put back the implementation of the EU temporary worker’s directive until the last possible date in an effort to maintain labour market flexibility.

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Online advertising and pricing to come under investigation

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said that it intends to monitor the pricing and advertising policies of firms that sell on the internet.

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Business waste strategy needs overhaul

The government has been urged to carry out a radical review of its strategy for dealing with waste so businesses can benefit from the opportunities that resource management has to offer.

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