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Caps to be imposed on training funding

12 May 09

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.

Government consults on temporary worker rights

11 May 09

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

Judgment supports higher VAT repayments

11 May 09

Firms that have paid too much VAT to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) could be entitled to more money when claiming repayment after the decision of a High Court judge.

Employers’ annual returns date approaches

08 May 09

Employers are being reminded that the date for filing their annual employer returns is imminent.

Court rules in favour of HMRC on minimum wage

08 May 09

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.