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UK to retain working time opt-out

28 Apr 09

The collapse of conciliation talks in Brussels mean that the UK will keep its opt-out from the EU Working Time Directive.

Equalities Bill pushes for gender pay transparency

28 Apr 09

Firms that employ more than 250 staff will be obliged to make public figures showing average hourly rates paid to male and female employees under the terms of the new Equalities Bill.

Moratorium urged on new employment law

28 Apr 09

The UK’s smallest firms find it difficult to cope with the demands of employment law, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said, prompting a call for a three-year moratorium on new legislation.

More tax help for struggling businesses

27 Apr 09

Businesses that believe they will make a trading loss in the current tax year can ask HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to take the anticipated loss into account as part of any rescheduling of their corporation tax or income tax payments.

Savings accounts beginning to offer better returns

27 Apr 09

After months of poor savings account interest rates, investors may be about to reap the rewards of better returns on their money.