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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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HMRC issues penalty warning on employer annual returns

Employers are being advised that, as from 26 January, HM Revenue and Customs is sending out penalty notices to those firms that have yet to file their 2007/08 employer’s annual return.

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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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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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Extra apprenticeships to be created to help jobs market

The government has announced funding for an extra 35,000 apprenticeships.

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Employers urged to retain staff

Businesses should look to hold on to their staff if at all possible during the downturn.

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Small firms struggling to offer 'adequate' pension provision

A new survey has revealed that 90 per cent of defined benefit pension schemes run by small firms have been closed to new entrants.

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Pension packages no longer vital to recruitment

The contraction of the employment market has meant that prospective employees do not see an attractive pensions package as essential to their decision to accept or reject a job offer.

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