Business Regulation

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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Regulations still ignoring adverse effects on businesses

A report has found that government departments are still putting together legislation that affects businesses without due consideration of the cost to firms.

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Review recommends action on small business regulation

An independent review of the regulations affecting small businesses has made a number of recommendations aimed at helping firms comply with the law.

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Employment rules guide to help small businesses

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a guide to help small firms cope with the economic downturn.

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Recommendation on new minimum wage delayed

The government has accepted a request from the Low Pay Commission to delay an announcement of its recommendations on this year’s rise in the national minimum wage.

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New health and safety penalties come into force

Businesses are being reminded that the penalties for breaking workplace health and safety laws have increased following the introduction of the Health and Safety Offences Act 2008.

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Holiday rights for employees on long-term sick leave

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employees who have been on long-term sick leave can take all the paid annual holiday they have accumulated while off work.

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Local government plan to support smaller firms

Councils have promised to take a series of measures aimed at supporting local businesses through the economic downturn.

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Call to ease employment regulations

The government needs to review the burden imposed on employers by employment rules and regulations in order to tackle unemployment and to make sure the jobs market grows once the downturn is over.

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