Business Regulation

Tips to be banned from making up the minimum wage

The practice of using tips to bring workers’ pay up to the minimum wage is to be made illegal as from October.

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UK to retain working time opt-out

The collapse of conciliation talks in Brussels mean that the UK will keep its opt-out from the EU Working Time Directive.

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Equalities Bill pushes for gender pay transparency

Firms that employ more than 250 staff will be obliged to make public figures showing average hourly rates paid to male and female employees under the terms of the new Equalities Bill.

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Moratorium urged on new employment law

The UK’s smallest firms find it difficult to cope with the demands of employment law, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said, prompting a call for a three-year moratorium on new legislation.

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Small firms must have fairer chance sooner to win public contracts

The Chancellor should bring forward plans designed to help more small businesses win government contracts in the Budget, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Action required to enable firms to retain staff

More needs to be done by the government to help smaller employers hold on to their staff during the recession.

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More working parents get the right to request flexible hours

Parents with children aged up to 16 have the right to ask their employers for flexible working patterns as from 6 April.

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New process for resolving workplace disputes

As from 6 April, there is a new process for solving disciplinary and grievance issues at work.

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No progress in EU working time opt-out talks

Talks between government officials and MEPs at a meeting of the EU’s conciliation committee have failed to find a solution to differences over proposed changes to the Working Time Directive.

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