Employees

Recovery to be fragile and slower than expected

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revised its forecast for the UK’s economic recovery, saying that the rate of growth will be slower in 2011 than had been anticipated.

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New business regulations come into effect this April

Each year, the government introduces regulatory changes affecting businesses on two common commencement dates. These dates are 6 April and 1 October.

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Employers given advice on incorrect staff tax codes

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has updated employers on how actions that are being taken to correct a series of wrong employee tax codes may affect them.

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Business alliance urges scrapping of NIC rise

A coalition of the UK’s leading business groups has set up an internet petition calling for the planned 1 per cent increase in employers’ National Insurance Contributions to be dropped.

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Budget should centre on spending cuts not tax rises

The Chancellor should focus on reductions in expenditure rather than on tax increases when he delivers the final Budget before the next election.

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EU committee proposes longer maternity leave

A committee of the European Parliament has produced draft legislation which, if it is approved, would extend maternity leave.

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Managers leave their jobs in growing numbers

The number of managers who left their positions rose last year even in the face of the recession, a new report has revealed.

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New fit note scheme could save businesses millions

The introduction this April of the ‘fit note’ scheme could save UK businesses £240 million over the next decade, the government has claimed.

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Campaign to alert fathers to paternity rights

The government is to run a leaflet and poster campaign in order to raise awareness among working fathers of their paternity entitlements.

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New job creation could be squeezed by spare capacity

New jobs may be at a premium during the early stages of the recovery as the
majority of firms are still running below capacity.

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