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Government proposes extension to paternity leave

Fathers are to be given the right to take up to six months of paternity leave in order to look after their children, the government has announced.

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Imminent rise in the minimum wage

Employers are being reminded that 1 October sees increases in the hourly rates for the national minimum wage.

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Holiday sick leave ruling could be open to 'abuse'

A ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given employees the right to ask to claim back leave if it has been affected by illness.

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HMRC and Companies House team up on online filing

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Companies House have announced that they have adopted a common approach to the online filing of company tax returns.

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Defined benefit pensions under growing pressure

Almost one in five defined benefit pensions schemes have been closed to employees who are already members, a new survey has found.

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Firms advised against employment law 'complacency'

The recent rise in the number of tribunals, fuelled by recession-lead redundancies, should alert firms to the importance of complying with employment law.

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Pay rises slip to record low

Average pay increases offered by UK firms have dipped to just 1 per cent, the lowest figure since records began.

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SME share scheme gets long-term EU support

A share scheme designed to help SMEs recruit and keep talented staff has been given the long-term backing of the European Commission.

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Government urged to fund more apprenticeships

The government needs to provide extra subsidies for apprenticeship schemes if unemployment among young people is not to become entrenched.

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Stakeholder pensions could be approaching 'obsolescence'

Sales of stakeholder pensions have fallen by 28 per cent in the last year, prompting speculation that the schemes are nearing the end of their usefulness.

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