Employees

EU drops plans for gender quotas on company boards

Proposals to impose mandatory quotas to get more women into executive boardroom positions have been dropped by the European Commission (EC) following concerns from business groups.

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Calls for Gift Aid revamp as charitable donations fall

Charity groups are calling for a modernisation of Gift Aid and Payroll Giving schemes after a report revealed a 20 per cent drop in donations last year.

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Northern Ireland: £200m worth of initiatives announced

A range of measures designed to create and sustain employment opportunities in the local jobs market has been launched by the Northern Ireland Executive.

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Government announces parental leave reform

Parents will be able to share up to a year's parental leave under plans announced by the Government that will 'revolutionise' lives at home and work.

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Consultation seeks to lift restrictions on auto-enrolment scheme

A consultation into restrictions placed on one of the schemes available to employers for automatic pension enrolment has been launched by the Government.

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Poor workplace skills blamed for low take-up of SME apprenticeships

Only nine per cent of small firms have taken on an apprentice in the last year with many believing they are not beneficial to their business, a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

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Quarter of small businesses unaware of PAYE shake-up

A quarter of small firms are oblivious to major upcoming changes to the pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) system which will alter their payroll reporting duties to HMRC, a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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Employee ownership backed by Government

British businesses are to be given more education and support on becoming employee-owned firms, the minister for employment relations Jo Swinson has announced.

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Employee-owners 'a niche idea', says CBI

A Government proposal for a new kind of employment contract has been labelled 'a niche idea' by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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Default Retirement Age officially ends

Employers are no longer able to force older workers to retire once they reach 65 years of age following a gradual phasing out of the Default Retirement Age (DRA).

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