PAYE and NI

Minimum wage set to rise this October

The national minimum wage for adults is to rise to £5.80 an hour as from October.

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Pension changes could hamper employment flexibility

Reforms to the pension system, planned for 2012, run the risk of adversely affecting the flexibility of the UK’s labour market, it has been argued.

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Caps to be imposed on training funding

The amount of government money that goes into funding apprenticeships and training schemes is to be limited following the unprecedented level of take-up among employers.

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Government consults on temporary worker rights

Regulations that will see agency workers given the same rights on pay and conditions as permanent staff have gone out to consultation.

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Court rules in favour of HMRC on minimum wage

The Court of Appeal has backed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in a legal battle over the use of tips and the national minimum wage.

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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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Fall in job vacancies beginning to slow

The rate of decline in the numbers of new job appointments and vacancies has slowed down, according to a new report.

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Employers reminded of looming annual returns date

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded employers that the date for filing their annual employer returns is imminent.

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Wages decline at record rate

Average weekly earnings fell by 5.8 per cent in February, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported.

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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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